I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the best solar physicists in the world, and none of them can think of a reasonable mechanism** in which physics would allow this event to be initiated by any comet, let alone such a tiny one.
** I'm going to get emails from "electric universe" proponents for this comment. Sigh. I did say "reasonable mechanism"...
Last minute update: Dr. Phil Plait has just posted a similar article to this, with an excellent video. He highlights one excellent point about this particular event too: in the COR2 movies (~12MB .mov), there are three CMEs that occur while the comet is in the field of view. Why would the third one be related when the first two certainly are not? So his conclusion is much the same as mine: a link is highly unlikley(sic), but it doesn't mean we'll rule it out or stop looking.
stickwhistler wrote:I came across this video the other day concerning sun activity, and 'the comet' features stronly in it.
Dr Keith Strong shows some images in the video, and interprets them as the comet remnants
turning away from the sun i.e. the comet did not collide with the sun at all.
If the comet was turned away, after getting brighter the nearer it got to the sun,
would this not indicate charge discharge, and possible fragmentation due to electric stress,
and repulsion by the sun?
http://www.youtube.com/user/drkstrong#p ... 5K0OvkgPTg at about 50 seconds in.
http://www.youtube.com/user/drkstrong#p ... NhDy_axoXg more comet stuff.
Dr Strong mentions ice in the comet etc, but nobody is perfect.
Europe to lead daring Sun mission
Europe is to lead the most ambitious space mission ever undertaken to study the behaviour of the Sun.
Known as Solar Orbiter, the probe will have to operate a mere 42 million km from our star - closer than any spacecraft to date.
The mission proposal was formally adopted by European Space Agency (Esa) member states on Tuesday.
Solar Orbiter is expected to launch in 2017 and will cost close to a billion euros.
tayga wrote:More, real-life data is on its way to put further strain on the consensus BS:
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