16.12.11.Proshedshey night at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, or at 4.00 Moscow time the comet Lovejoy solntseskreb-entered the atmosphere of the Sun and very likely was there to burn down completely. However, it seems that the predictions of its lethal outcome was premature.
Solntseskreby or "sungrazers" — frequent guests in the solar system, and specifically designed to hunt for comets NASA satellite SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) and STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) register them on average once every three days, but the space or ground registration of such comets almost always taken place at the time they "jump" into the light. See the comet-solntseskreb when it only goes to the Sun — an event which according to its rarity is bordered on the miraculous. Lovejoy — the first forty years of the comet, discovered in advance and therefore allows astronomers to consider the jump in the process.
Comet Lovejoy 12 hours prior to entry into the sun
Comet Lovejoy is part of the original solar comets Creutz, who move in very elongated orbits and fly past the Sun at a very close distance from it. She stepped into the hot solar corona at a distance 140 000 km on the solar surface — it is two times less than the distance from the Earth to the Moon, and is almost certainly fatal. It is estimated that the mass of the comet of any other family of Creutz, so expect an especially bright flash. Predicted that at the time of the death of Comet Lovejoy shines brighter than all other stars sky. In the last hours of the night it is more than justified the forecasts, gaining brightness much faster than expected from it, but the "moment of truth" to the Earth's orbit to see and could not — Comet Lovejoy went behind the Sun. But there seems to completely kill the comet and the sun could not — later orbital solar telescope SDO recorded as due to the solar disk appears hazy cloud — whether the comet itself, or its charred remains.
Pictures are still being processed, and new data on the fate of the comet Lovejoy may come tonight. If she's still survived, the next time it can only be seen in 700 years.
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