Scientists find very large comet plunging towards the Sun

December 13, 2011SPACEA comet nearly as wide as two football fields (200m) is plunging toward the Sun where it will most likely be destroyed in a spectacular light show on Dec. 15/16. Although Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) could become as bright as Jupiter or Venus when it “flames out,” the glare of the sun will hide the event from human eyes. Solar observatories in space, however, will have a grand view. Yesterday the brightening comet entered the field of view of NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft: “You can clearly see the comet heading diagonally through the NASA images,” says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab who prepared the animation. “During the 16-hour sequence, the comet brightens from magnitude +8 to +6.5, approximately.” It will soon grow much brighter. “This comet is a true sungrazer, and will skim approximately 140,000 km (1.2 solar radii) above the solar surface on Dec. 15/16,” notes Battams. At such close range, solar heating will almost certainly destroy the icy interloper, creating a cloud of vapor and comet dust that will reflect lots of sunlight. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) will have a particularly good view. –Space Weather
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15 Responses to Scientists find very large comet plunging towards the Sun

  1. chondramam says:

    Has this been an unusual year for comets, or are they just being talked about more?


  2. Gen says:

    Alvin, President Obama is asking nicely by letter for the return of the downed drone.

    The answer is obvious. Will this be the trigger that starts an attack between US and Iran.


  3. Irene C says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing NASA’s pictures of this.



  4. James says:

    Let’s just hope that it burns up and doesn’t pass and come back at us.


  5. Alvin, I am reading your book which it was hard to get it ( trough Amazon, then a postal service to my country, waiting several weeks!).

    Let me tell you , your book compiling vast knowledge and great information on Earth and Human Civilization issues amazed me a lot ( I am stil on page 400’s , can’t stop reading it and going back on several pages to re-read it again) ….My congratulations this book is the best I have read in years , maybe decades, you deserve to be in best Top`ten on most book rankings, still , however I Understand this information is hard to assimilate for the majority, just for the few who are sensitive and like this type of knowledge….By the way the arguments are exposed and analyzed, in elonquential and excelent English, you must be a scholar from a prestigious insititution, May I congratulate you and suggest to open a microblog to share updated news and comments on the
    various subjects and issues that current civilzation is unraveling on our eyes but sometimes very diifficult to understand in our brains, Best regards, Tomas O’Rorke
    Irish ecuadorian living in Guayaquil, Ecuador


    • EP

      Thank you Tomas. It’s always gratifying news to hear that an artist’s work is so appreciated. I am both humbled and grateful by your words. I’m glad you were able to get a copy and I thank God you find the information so timely and relevant. It’s taken some time for more people to see what I theorized was going to happen to the planet was actually unfolding…so we hope and pray many more will be awaken by the news of these events.

      Please stay in touch and thanks for writing in. I’ll look into that suggestion.

      Kind regards,


  6. Kev says:

    I would buy your book if it were available in ebook (or PDF) format so i could read on my tablet. I have limited hand function and can’t hold the printed version for any length of time. Any chance this will happen?



  7. Irene C says:

    “SUNGRAZING COMET SURVIVES: Sungrazing Comet Lovejoy has confounded the experts and survived its close encounter with the sun. Last night, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded amazing movies of the comet entering and exiting the sun’s atmosphere. Comet Lovejoy’s scorched remnant is now receding from the sun in full view of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.”

    “Curiously, the comet seems to have lost its tail in transit through the sun’s hot corona. A decapitated remnant tail can still be seen tracing Comet Lovejoy’s path into the sun, but the exiting comet has no obvious trail of dust behind it. One possibility has to do with geometry: The comet’s tail might be pointing away from Earth, temporarily invisible due to foreshortening. Another possibility: The comet’s store of volatile materials was “baked-out” by the fiery transit and now the comet is not jetting much dust and gas into space.”


  8. I don’t think we should be depend on NASA or anyone else to sound the warnings. The signs to me and you are screaming loudly enough. It’s just that most of the world chooses not to listen.


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