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I think they listened to A Saucerful of Secrets too many times

Tired of flying around the galaxy with no goal or direction and only Zod and his cronies as company a couple of comets decided to go rogue and steer themselves straight into the sun…at a speed of a million miles per minute. Comets like this are called Stargrazers. They act like water circling a drain, with their orbits getting progressively closer and closer to the sun until the inevitable happens. The beached whales of the cosmos, as I like to call them (meaning I’ve never called them that before and probably never will after this article), were first observed in 1888 during a solar eclipse. The SOHO satellite, which caught the video, has detected over a thousand such events since being launched. The thing I love most about that video is the solar flares that erupt once the first comet hits. It appears as if the flare is a reaction to the hit. Unfortunately, there are flares going on throughout the entire video, and where the solar flare emerges from is relatively far away from where the comet actually hits. This is enough to ensure that correlation does not equal causation. Like how when I’m at parties and when I enter a room conversation automatically stops and everyone turns to stare at me. It doesn’t mean that they were talking about me, does it? Of course not. Regardless, we can find some pretty amazing thing out about that solar flare from the video. Assuming that the black spot is the same size as the sun, at the point when the flare is at its highest but still intact (meaning that there is visible matter connecting the very tip to the surface) the flare is about 982,000 km high. That’s equivalent to 77 Earths stacked end to end. That’s pretty big.

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