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Bright Comet Dives Into Radiation Storm

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

A bright comet is diving into the sun. It was discovered just last week by SOHO’s SWAN instrument, so it has been named “Comet SWAN.” The comet’s death plunge ( or “swan dive”) comes just as the sun has unleashed a strong flare and radiation storm around Earth. SOHO images of the comet are confused to some degree by energetic protons striking the camera.

Full Story: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=14&month=03&year=2012