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The comet and the coronal mass ejection

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Published on Oct 4, 2011

On October 1, 2011, a comet screamed into the Sun and presumably disintegrated. A few minutes later, the Sun erupted in a big blast of magnetic energy called a Coronal Mass Ejection. Are the two related?

I show three satellite views of the comet and CME from three different angles, and describe the events. My conclusion: it's almost certainly coincidence.

More info: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/bad...

Original satellite footage credits: NASA & SOHO & STEREO

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