watch the video here:
Dec. 16, 2011: This morning, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible. Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact.
“It’s absolutely astounding,” says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC. “I did not think the comet’s icy core was big enough to survive plunging through the several million degree solar corona for close to an hour, but Comet Lovejoy is still with us.”
The comet’s close encounter was recorded by at least five spacecraft: NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and twin STEREO probes, Europe’s Proba2 microsatellite, and the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.
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Several views on these sites .. search the date 2011-12-13 through 2011-12-17
also.. a 6.3M earthquake along the southwest portion of the pacific ring of fire — north of New Zealand:
Magnitude 6.3 – SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS
2011 December 15 10:10:08 UTC
- This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
|Depth||34.1 km (21.2 miles)|
|Region||SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS|
|Distances||130 km (80 miles) S of L’Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands
386 km (239 miles) SSW of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
734 km (456 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand
1107 km (687 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand