Who would’a thunk it? A big chunk of ice surviving a trip through the sun’s corona:
Lovejoy is newly-discovered and among a class of comets called Kreutz sungrazers whose immense orbits take them through or near the Sun’s surface. The comet, an icy rock with a core only about 660 feet in diameter, was first spotted just a few weeks ago.
When its course was plotted, scientists realized it was headed for a certain fiery demise.
So, NASA trained a couple of its satellites on the scene and waited to capture The End.
Except they got a celestial surprise.
Here’s a brief — and we do mean brief — video of the comet emerging from its close encounter of the solar kind.