Death-Defying Comet: Photos of Comet Lovejoy's Dive Through Sun

Comet Lovejoy as Viewed by SOHO


The sungrazing comet Lovejoy entered the field of view of NASA's SOHO satellite's LASCO C3 camera on Dec. 14, 2011. The comet is visible as the bright streak on the bottom.

Comet Lovejoy Seen by Remanzacco Observatory

Ernesto Guido, Giovanni Sostero & Nick Howes

Amateur astronomers Ernesto Guido, Giovanni Sostero and Nick Howes caught these views of comet C/2011 W3 Lovejoy on Dec. 4, 2011, using the robotic GRAS Observatory telescope in Australia. The image was taken as the comet neared the sun for an expected Dec. 15/16 pass through the solar corona.

Comet Lovejoy


NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft captured this view of the Kruetz family comet nearing its fiery fate. The comet is the size of two football fields and will become very bright as it nears the sun's surface on December 15th or 16th.

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