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[Updated] Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) in STEREO HI-1B

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Published on Mar 15, 2013

This movie contains data through to ~1600UT on March 15. It's the most recent I have. The first CME doesn't appear to interact with the comet, and I suspect it was in completely the wrong direction (space is big...). The second CME, at the end of this sequence, might actually hit the comet. Again, I'm not sure yet. If it does, it probably won't be as dramatic as you might think. The CME would screw around with the striae ("feathers") and perhaps diffuse them as it charged the dust grains and Lorentz force did its thing. It would be cool, but you won't fall out of your chair. The ion tail (the wispy, wavy part) would get moved around a lot though! Time will tell, and I'll put a new version up once I have that data (Monday?)

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