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By Tariq Malik , SPACE.com Managing Editor Space.com | SPACE.com – Tue, July 12, 2011

The death of a comet that plunged into the sun was captured on camera this month for the first time in history, scientists say.

The comet met its fiery demise on July 6 when it zoomed in from behind the sun and melted into oblivion as it crashed into the star. It was NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a satellite orbiting Earth that studies the sun, which witnessed the comet's death-blow.

One of the SDO spacecraft's high-definition imagers "actually spotted a sun-grazing comet as it disintegrated over about a 15 minute period (July 6, 2011), something never observed before," SDO officials said. [See the observatory's image of the comet death]

Comets have been spotted near the sun before, but last week's object was the first to be observed in real-time as it disappeared.

"Given the intense heat and radiation, the comet simply evaporated away completely," SDO officials said.

The comet was a type known to astronomers as a sun-grazing comet because its path brought it extremely close to the sun.

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a joint NASA-European Space Agency spacecraft, also spotted the comet's demise and recorded a video of the event.

"This is one of the brightest sun-grazers SOHO has recorded, similar to the Christmas comet of 1996," SOHO project scientist Bernhard Fleck said in a statement.

SOHO officials said that, because of the angle of the comet's orbit, it passed across the front half of the sun and appeared to brighten as it struck hotter particles above the solar surface.

Sun-grazing comets are relatively common and are also known as Kreutz comets, after the 19th century astronomer Heinrich Kreutz who first showed they were related.

Astronomers suspect that Kreutz comets all began as a single, giant comet that broke apart several centuries ago.

You can follow SPACE.com Managing Editor Tariq Malik on Twitter @tariqjmalik. Follow SPACE.com for the latest in space science and exploration news on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.
Comet's Death by Sun Photographed for First Time - Yahoo! News

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•Amazing New Sun Photos from Space
•Comet Death Dive Into Sun - Again
•Photos of Halley's Comet Through History
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The death of a comet that plunged into the sun was captured on camera this month for the first time in history
Democrats immediately pushed the "Anti-Comet Capital Punishment" bill, saying comets aren't given a trial and thus unjustly killed by an sun that has too much authority...They then proclaimed the sun needs to contribute more in the form of taxes revenue increases....
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Democrats immediately pushed the "Anti-Comet Capital Punishment" bill, saying comets aren't given a trial and thus unjustly killed by an sun that has too much authority...They then proclaimed the sun needs to contribute more in the form of taxes revenue increases....
Just like modern day pirates...
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The sun's heat and radiation simply melted the Kreutz comet into nothing---and in under twenty minutes!
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The sun's heat and radiation simply melted the Kreutz comet into nothing---and in under twenty minutes!
Your into this a lot more than I, have you studies astrology or any of the science
dealing with the universe?

I just read/watch as much as I can yet it gets jumbled in my mind over time. Where as you seem to retain your knowledge..
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The sun's heat and radiation simply melted the Kreutz comet into nothing---and in under twenty minutes!
Sounds like an infomercial...

"Your comet is taking to long to melt?...Get a sun NOW for the low, low price of 3 payments of $19.99!!!"...
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Your into this a lot more than I, have you studies astrology or any of the science
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Yes. Astrology and astrophysics are my bread and butter. Even as a child I was always fascinated with space and knew that was what I wanted to study.
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Sounds like an infomercial...

"Your comet is taking to long to melt?...Get a sun NOW for the low, low price of 3 payments of $19.99!!!"...
All right. That made me chuckle.
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Comet! You're alive!
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Comet! You're alive!
That means there really is a time machine. Just moments ago I could have sworn I read his death was actually photographed
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