The comet travels at a speed of 450,000 miles per hour due to the intense radiation from the solar eclipse.
- The newly discovered comet was seen flying in the sun during a solar eclipse
- The comet was the size of a semitrack, traveling at 450,000 miles per hour
- It was 2.7 million miles away from the Sun when decomposed by radiation
The newly discovered comet was found flying 2.7 million miles from the Sun during a solar eclipse last week before splitting into dust particles from intense radiation.
The comet C / 2020 X3 (Soho) was discovered by an amateur astronomer.
The comet was part of the Cretaceous Sangreser family, which originated from a large parent comet that disintegrated into small fragments thousands of years ago.
The C / 2020 X3 looks like a tiny dot flying through the sky, but experts say it was traveling at 450,000 miles per hour, surpassing Earth’s giant star.
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The newly discovered comet was found flying 2.7 million miles from the Sun during a solar eclipse last week before decomposing in intense radiation.
The comet was discovered by Thai amateur astronomer Worcester Boonplod in a NASA-funded Sungresher project.
The organization is a civic science project that invites anyone to search and find new comets in images from the Joint European Space Agency (ESAA), NASA Solar and the Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).
When the comet was first discovered, Boonplode hoped it would travel through the sky during a solar eclipse and appear as a small spike in photos – he was right.
The comet on December 14 was a very small dot in the images of the solar eclipse.
The comet was part of the Cretaceous Sangreser family, which originated from a large parent comet that disintegrated into small fragments thousands of years ago. The C / 2020 X3 appears to be a small dot flying through the sky, but experts say it has traveled about 450,000 miles, surpassing Earth’s giant star.
Experts say this is equivalent to the length of a semitrack with a diameter of 50 feet, traveling 450,000 miles per hour.
However, due to intense solar radiation, the comet disintegrated into dust clouds just hours before reaching its nearest point to the sun.
A total solar eclipse hit South America last week, leaving thousands of people in Argentina and Chile in darkness for about two minutes.
Dozens of amateur and professional astronomers have installed telescopes on the slopes of Villarreal, one of Chile’s most active volcanoes.
The eclipse was visible along the 55-mile-wide corridor from the Pacific coast of Chile through the Andes to Argentina.
A total solar eclipse last week spread across South America, sending thousands of people into darkness in Argentina and Chile.
The event was eagerly awaited by Mapuche local community in Chile – the largest group in the southern part of the country.
“Today we’re all hoping for an exit door but nature gave us rain and at the same time confuses us,” said Estella Nahuelpan, a leader in the Erumeli Nahuelpan community in the southern city of Charahua.
‘Eclipse has different meanings in Mapuche culture – they’ talk about ‘Lan Antu’ like the death of the sun and the conflict between the moon and the sun. ‘
“It represents the balance needed to exist in nature,” she explained.
In another tradition, an eclipse refers to the temporary death of the sun in a battle between a star and an evil force known as ‘Vekufu’.