Of course I was on a 3-day vacation when this stunning Kreutz sungrazing comet zoomed through the LASCO cameras. Sadly, its fate was the same as 99% of sungrazers: total vaporization.— Karl Battams (@SungrazerComets) August 17, 2019
(📸: @ESA/@NASASun/@USNRL SOHO/LASCO C2, https://t.co/pGnh6KYAXw) pic.twitter.com/mqlaxEj3YX
People often ask me if these comets hit the Sun. The answer is "no", for two reasons:— Karl Battams (@SungrazerComets) August 17, 2019
1. Their orbit doesn't actually intersect with the Sun - it's ~700,000km above the solar surface.
2. By the time it was close to the Sun, there was nothing tangible left but dust