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JohnD
2015-Feb-21, 04:14 PM
I received a newsmail from SpaceWeather:

Space Weather News for Feb. 20, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

Astronomers are scratching their heads over an unusual comet that is passing by the sun. The icy visitor to the inner solar system does not belong to any known family of sungrazing comets, and it appeared
to be doomed as it made its plunge toward the sun on Feb. 19th. Instead of disintegrating, however, the comet has emerged apparently intact, and could become a target for telescopes on Earth when it emerges
from the sun's glare in the weeks ahead. Images and updates may be found on http://spaceweather.com.

I thought at first, why so puzzled, it's a rocky asteroid, but the page on the SW site is more informative. The comet has a tail that got bigger after grazing the Sun, so big it may become visible from Earth, and it's not in the family of sungrazers that SOHO usually sees.

JOhn

Ara Pacis
2015-Feb-21, 05:23 PM
What's the question?

JohnD
2015-Feb-21, 11:15 PM
I thought you might be interested.
J.

slang
2015-Feb-22, 01:25 AM
Moved from Q&A, and yes, it does seem interesting, as do at least two other stories on that site (which might require new threads if anyone cares to discuss them).