comet stories

 
We've seen comets dive at the sun before, but immediately followed by a huge solar explosion? Not so much. Check out the video below to see how two completely unrelated events created something quite lovely.
 
Here's a rare close-up of a comet. Hartley 2, to be exact. Named after Malcolm Hartley, the Australian astronomer, "who first identified the body in a photographic plate from a sky survey undertaken in 1986." NASA's Deep Impact probe and Hartley 2 crossed paths about 23 million km from Earth and was only the fifth time a comet has passed so close to a spacecraft.