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Comet Kazi

• arclein
On March 12, SOHO spied a bright comet, likely from that same sun-grazing lineage, in its final hours as it streaked toward a fatal encounter with the sun. The inbound comet is visible below and to the left of the sun in this SOHO image. (The blinding disk of the sun itself is blotted out by an instrument called a coronagraph, which allows researchers to observe the solar atmosphere.) The bright point within the horizontal streak just below the sun is the planet Mercury