National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content NASA Banner
Solar System Exploration
News & Events
Comet Crash?
Comet Crash?
15 Apr 2004
(Source: Spaceweather.com)

Space Weather News for April 15, 2004
http://spaceweather.com

Newly-discovered Comet Bradfield (C/2004 F4) is plunging toward the sun. At closest approach on April 17th it will be well inside the orbit of Mercury. Comets that get so close to the sun can become very bright and, sometimes, they break apart.

The sun's glare will hide the encounter from observers on Earth, but not from the orbiting Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Coronagraphs onboard SOHO are able to block the glare and reveal sungrazing comets. Comet Bradfield will enter SOHO's field of view on April 16th.? Visit Spaceweather.com to view the images.

In the weeks ahead, sky watchers will be able to see some comets for themselves: Comet NEAT (C/2001 Q4), Comet LINEAR (C/2002 T7) and, if it survives its flyby of the sun, Comet Bradfield.? Details and sky maps are available at Spaceweather.com.

News Archive Search  Go!
Show  results per page
 
 
Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Science Writer: Autumn Burdick
Producer: Greg Baerg
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> USA.gov
> ExpectMore.gov
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 16 Apr 2004