Last week some researchers spotted something that is certainly not seen every day, or that at least we do not see every day: crash of a giant comet towards the sun. Definitely an epic match, but which from the beginning had one and only one winner, our star.
The incident was observed on camera by NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. In the clip (which you can see at the bottom of the news) you can see the cosmic snowball drifting towards the celestial body at the center of the Solar Systemand this is where the comet disintegrated inside the plasma ball.
“The comet was almost certainly a ‘Kreutz sungrazer’, i.e. a fragment of a giant comet that was destroyed many centuries ago.“wrote astronomer Tony Phillips for SpaceWeather.”A swarm of these orbits the sun and every day at least one gets too close and disintegrates.“
The intense gravitational pull of our Sun is the probable cause of this comet’s fatal immersion. The gravity generated by the star can become too strong to resist, leading the cosmic rocks found around our galactic neighborhood to certain death (by the way, here’s which one is the biggest of all).
Don’t be surprised: these events happen practically every dayalthough this one in particular was a bit larger than the others and attracted the curiosity of astronomers.