Lovejoy Overcomes

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  1. OhWiseOne

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    Comets have their own orbits. The article states they've been watching Lovejoy and were expecting it to basically blow up once it got it's closest to the Sun. Didn't happen. Why should it? 87,000 miles from it's surface. Comets also speed up the closer they get to the sun. So swoosh.....there it went.
     
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    "coming within 87,000 miles of our star's surface. Temperatures in the corona can reach 2 million degrees Fahrenheit"

    It also got its tail ripped off. Poor thing.
     
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    :frown1: Dang - I saw the thread title and thought this was going to be about the Simpsons porno.....:tongue: :biggrin1: :smile:
     
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    Sorry you got baited. Maybe next time. :)
     
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    No need to apologise - I love getting ba(i)ted! :biggrin1:
     
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    The surface of the Sun is much, much cooler than the region called the corona, which is the ethereal-looking bit you can see during an eclipse (surface ~6,000K; corona is between 1 million and 20 million K). A big ball of gravel-strewn ices would be expected to pop in those kind of temperatures.

    Interestingly, we don't really fully understand why the corona is so exceptionally hot.
    File:Solar eclipse 1999 4 NR.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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