Watch a sun-diving comet drill the sun at the same moment a massive coronal mass ejection explodes into space.
This one-of-a-kind space video, captured yesterday by NASA and the European Space Agency's Solar & Heliospheric Observatory, appears to show a kamikaze comet smashing into the sun to provoke a fiery coronal mass ejection. In reality, though, it's probably coincidence.
The comet stands virtually no chance of making it to the surface of the intensely burning solar body; heat waves would have melted it and broken it down into hot space dust millions of kilometers away. The comet's destruction seems to be confirmed in observations made by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which show no sign of it at the moment the sun flung its wad of magnetic plasma into space.
If you think the below video is cool, then you will definitely love the movie of that event. Check out that angry scar in the solar atmosphere the CME leaves behind. (Hat tip to Spaceweather.com for both vids.)