Watch a Comet Crash Into the Goddamn Sun

Image: ESA/NASA/SOHO/Joy Ng.
On Thursday, a comet dramatically peaced out on life by swan-diving straight into the Sun. Its final moments were recorded by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a spacecraft operated jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).

By Becky Ferreira | MOTHERBOARD

As it accelerated towards its death, this spacefaring Icarus was traveling at an insane 1.3 million miles per hour—faster than any object in the solar system, according to SOHO astrophysicist Karl Battams.

First spotted on August 1, the comet was torn apart by the tumultuous forces surrounding the Sun before it ever reached the surface. The dearly departed space rock was survived by a larger family of comets called Kreutz sungrazers, named in part for their daredevil passes with the Sun at perihelion.

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