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Fraser
2003-Jul-08, 10:08 PM
SUMMARY: Comets usually don't survive an encounter with the Sun, but SOHO captured images of a pair of extremely lucky comets that grazed the surface, well within the Sun's fiery corona. It's unusual for comets to travel in pairs like this, but what's even more unusual is a faint puff of smoke emanating from the Sun at the point of the comets' closest approach. It's possible that the Sun evaporated the cloud of ice and dust away from the comets, essentially blasting their heads off. Studying this puff of dust may give astronomers additional clues about the composition of comets.


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