Comet collides with Sun
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 62, Issue 45, pages 741–761, 10 November 1981
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1981), Comet collides with Sun, Eos Trans. AGU, 62(45), 741–761, doi:10.1029/EO062i045p00741-02.(
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Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) report what they say is the first positive evidence of a celestial body colliding with the sun. Recent analysis of data from NRL's SOLWIND experiment shows that on August 30, 1979, a comet apparently collided with the sun, scattering cometary debris in a halo that rose millions of kilometers above the solar surface.
SOLWIND, in earth orbit aboard the Department of Defense's P78-1 satellite, includes a coronograph designed to measure activity in the sun's outer corona. One of the instrument's features is an occulting disk, which simulates a total solar eclipse.