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10:00 AM (Friday) | *Something Unusual Just Flew Past the Sun* — Perspecta Weather

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SOHO finds comets all the time. Most are Kreutz sungrazers, fragments of a giant comet that broke up more than 1000 years ago. Since the observatory was launched in 1995, SOHO has discovered more than 3000 members of the Kreutz family dive-bombing the sun. And that’s what makes this comet unusual. “It is not a member of the Kreutz family,” says Battams. “Its orbit doesn’t match. We’re not yet sure where it came from.”

The triple comet is now receding from the sun, fading rapidly from view. There’s a slim chance that large ground-based telescopes might be able to track it. If so, they could find clues to its make-up and origin.

Meteorologist Paul Dorian
Perspecta, Inc.
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2020-08-14 09:57:44


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