Best look yet of Comet Lovejoy’s slingshot around the Sun

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There have been some great images and video of Comet Lovejoy's close encounter with the Sun, but this video put together by Scott Wiessinger from Goddard Spaceflight Center combines and zooms in on the best views from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which adjusted its cameras in order to watch the trajectory.

The first part of the video from SDO, (taken in 171 Angstrom wavelength, which is typically shown in yellow) taken on Dec 15, 2011 showing Comet Lovejoy moving in toward the Sun, with its tail "wiggling" from its interaction with the solar wind. The second part of the clip shows the comet exiting from behind the right side of the Sun, after an hour of travel through its closest approach.

No time travel with this slingshot around the Sun, but it is amazing to be able to follow this comet's journey so closely!


This post originally appeared on Universe Today.