By Xeni Jardin at 10:33 pm Thu, Dec 15, 2011
NASA SDO: "Breaking News! Lovejoy lives! The comet Lovejoy has survived it's journey around the sun to reemerge on the other side." Lots more movies of the comet that brushed the Sun and survived at the NASA SDO YouTube page.
For some reason this makes me inordinatly and implausably happy. Thanks for Sharing Xeni.
Next thing you know, SOPA won’t pass!
Well you know it’s coming for us next…
not necessarily. there are stronger gravitational pulls it would target first.
I was thinking more along the lines of “schadenfreude this, earthlings!”
Damn, I thought this article was going to be about Ian McShane. Oh well, comets are pretty cool too, I guess.
…and here i thought it would go back in time and save some whales and give us the formula for clear aluminum. *sighs* :-)
“It’s all over people, we don’t have a prayer!” -Rev. Lovejoy, on the approaching comet.
phew, just a little sunlight-bleaching.
Did it find some drastically underpriced antiques that it could pick up for a song while it was there?
why such a long video?
I love this line from the Sungrazing Comet page…
“I don’t know where to begin. I simply don’t know. What an extraordinary 24hrs! I suppose the first thing to say is this: I was wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. And I have never been so happy to be wrong! For the past two weeks I have been saying that Comet Lovejoy would not survive perihelion in “any appreciable form”. When I said this, I envisioned that we would see some very diffuse component maybe last a few hours after perhelion, but not much else. And I was spectacularly incorrect!”
Yeah, astronomers get giddy.
(edit: darn you, boing boing login thingy. This was supposed to be a reply.)
They can film a comet sailing through the sun’s corona but can’t figure out how to use an apostrophe. *sigh*
Someone with skillz needs to enslowen and GIF-ify that video. I sounded like all the lovers I’ve ever had when I watched that– “Three seconds?!!?”
No one remember being taught in school that comets are made of mostly ice? I’m guessing scientists are now clarifying that theory to include the qualifer, “unmeltable”?
It should sound something like this:
It’s kind of like “Melancholia” but with a happy ending!
i was to type to you “do you mean Tarkovsky’s ‘Melancholia’…?” and went to youtube to give you a link to a snipplet of the film, but discovered his film was rather called ‘Nostalghia’, and: WHOOAA! someone put the complete film on youtube!!! Check it friend, if you feel like it! here:
Yuppiii Lovejoy lives :D! in any case warrior takes any story and shapes their awareness so that the story affects them in a enhancing way–in this case–Lovejoy continues its journey into the unknow, yuppiiii :P
A-hem. Please excuse me.
It must be that the comet’s approach was at night.
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