The first new comet in 2020 has just hit the sun and “suicide”

Space is so vast that a small comet can easily be ignored. Scientists have discovered the suicide of a comet after it first captured the comet’s “suicide” into the sun in 2011. Karl Battams, who heads NASA’s Sungrazing Comets Project at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., tweeted Monday about the first new comet discovered in the 1920s. Unfortunately, it was found that within hours it had rushed to the sun and committed suicide.

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The comets are known by astronomers as “sun-sweeping comets” because their orbits send them to a path that does not return. Solar comets are relatively common, and they also have a name, “Cruz’s Comet Cluster,” named after 19th-century astronomer Heinrich Kreutz, who first points out that there are intrinsic connections between these cometous individuals.

In the early hours of January 13, 2020, the SOHO Space Observatory, which is in outer space near Earth, unwittingly spotted a new comet near the sun using coronal lens, according to Karl Battams of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington. Below is the IMAGE of the SOHO LASCO C3 coronal instrument from 0:00 to 9:00 p.m. on January 13, 2020, with the red image in the upper right corner being the size of the generally seen image of the sun, and the dark blue part of which is the mask used by the coronal to mask the sun’s strong glow so that it can reveal the surrounding dim phenomenon, and the bright spot in the middle is Mercury, Light points moving horizontally from left to right are distant background stars, while moving objects marked by 2 short lines are newly discovered comets, and other discontinuous scattered bright spots or bright lines are mixed.

The suicide comet belongs to a member of the Kreutz sungRAZER, believed to be a fragment of a large comet split in 1106 AD, including the famous comet C/1965 S1, Comet Ikeya-Seki in 1965. The comet family is named after Heinrich Kreutz, a 19th-century German astronomer who became famous for studying such comets. Hundreds of Cruze comets break away every year after flying over the sun; in fact, the second new comet in a decade is likely to be a Cruze icing comet. Interested parties can follow up.