If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a comet hits the Sun, this might be your answer.
This stunning video shows the Sun’s “reaction” as a comet barrels towards its surface. What happens next is spectacular.
Though NASA states that you can’t actually see the comet hit the Sun (the impact is blocked out by the red occulting disk that allows the other structures in the Sun’s corona to be seen) the ensuing explosion gives a pretty good idea of what’s going on.
The Sun’s position is indicated by the white circle in the video.
However, scientists don’t directly associate these coronal ejections with comet impacts.