VIDEO: Comet’s Death Dive Into the Sun

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It sounds like something you’d see in a big budget Hollywood film but this is actual footage of a comet diving directly into the Sun.

The NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft recorded the moment when a comet from a group called the Kreutz sungrazers plunged headlong into the sun.

Kreutz sungrazer comets orbit about 50,000 km from the Sun and are theorized to be the remnants of a larger comet that broke up.

Astronomer Tony Phillips described it as “a dirty snowball dived right into the Sun.”

Above the sun you can make out the planet Venus and to the left of center is the planet Mars.

This isn’t the only comet that has crashed into the sun this summer but this is the best video recorded so far. Enjoy.