The death toll of a comically dead comet in the Sun's fireplace has been captured on video by the space and telescope SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory).
In the interesting footage, the comet 'Kreutz sungrazer' can be seen diving directly into the sun when it goes out in a gleam of glory on Thursday.
A number of prominent celestial bodies can be seen in the video, including Venus and Mars, but the damn comet steals the show as it streaks across space and plows directly into the Sun (which SOHO has blocked with an opaque disk to increase visibility).
Kreutz sungrazers are a family of comets that fly very close to the sun – sometimes just thousands of miles from its surface. They are named after astronomer Heinrich Kreutz, who studied them in detail. The space rocks are actually fragments of a giant comet that was smashed into smithereens centuries ago. After Thursday's dramatic death, there is now a smaller one in the sky.
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