Comets: Data Files and Models:
|Summary:||Comet C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy). The comet's perihelion took it through the Sun's corona on 16 December 2011 at 00:35 UTC.|
|Description:||C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy) is a periodic comet, classified as a Kreutz Sungrazer.|
It was discovered on 27 November 2011, by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.
The comet's perihelion took it through the Sun's corona on 16 December 2011 at
00:35 UTC, as it passed approximately 140,000 kilometres (87,000 mi) above the
Sun's surface. It was not expected to survive the encounter, but the Solar
Dynamics Observatory (SDO), as well as other Sun-monitoring spacecraft, observed
the comet emerge from the corona intact.
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|Last modified:||2011-12-27 11:33|
|Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) SSC||2.50 kB|