Sungrazing comet smashes the sun at 600 km/s on August 4, 2016

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This Kreutz family sungrazing comet appeared near the sun on August 2, 2016 and smashed the sun at 600 km/s at around 05:15 UTC on August 4.

This comet has became one of SOHO’s top 10 brightest sungrazers.

Sungrazing comets are all part of a single comet which has broken up while orbiting the Sun with a period of about 800 years.

The comet observed from August 2 to 4 was one of the brightest Kreutz sungrazers seen over the past 21 years.

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