Quote:"The footage was captured by NASAâ€™s Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on May 10 and May 11 and posted to NASA Goddardâ€™s Flickr page. It shows what is believed to be a comet from the Kreutz family hurtling into the Sun. The Kreutz family of objects is believed to have originated from a single large comet that came apart centuries ago. The Kreutz comets were discovered by amateur astronomer Sergey Shrupakov.
The Sun itself is obscured in the video and represented by a white circle. According to NASA, the sun is blocked by a red disc so that "faint structures in the Sunâ€™s corona can be discerned." Consequently, the actual impact of the comet canâ€™t bee seen.
What appears to be an explosion caused by the impact is actually a coincidental coronal mass ejection which occured just as the comet was approaching the Sun. Scientists have not yet found a connection between these mass ejections and comet impacts."
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