Published on Apr 27, 2019
A huge comet was destroyed by the sun after diving toward the star at a truly jaw-dropping speed. Video of the comet's death dive into the sun was captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on April 24, 2019. Comets like the one swallowed by the sun are known as Kreutz sungrazers, and are characterized by orbits that take them incredibly close to the sun. Kreutz comets are believed to be fragments from a single large comet that broke up into smaller pieces thousands of years ago.