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Rare Click: Comet caught on camera by astronomers covering Solar Eclipse

Rare Click: Comet caught on camera by astronomers covering Solar Eclipse

Rare Click: Comet caught on camera by astronomers covering Solar Eclipse

Rare Click: Comet caught on camera by astronomers covering Solar Eclipse

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Astrophotographer Petr Horálek captured a rare photo of comet “SOHO-5008” during a solar eclipse on April 8 in North America, a unique event as the comet moved toward the Sun during the eclipse. Comets are icy bodies orbiting the Sun, often likened to snowballs with dust and rocks. When close to the Sun, they release gas and dust, forming a glowing coma and a tail.

Comets are common in our solar system, with over 5,000 cataloged. Each comet has its own path, size, and makeup, helping scientists learn about our solar system’s history. Before the eclipse, Karl Battams predicted SOHO-5008’s appearance.

Astrophotographers and astronomers worldwide were eager to see and photograph the comet. Amateur astronomer Worachate Boonplod saw a bright comet before the eclipse, adding excitement. Studying comets dates back centuries, with events like the Great Comet of 1680 and a comet appearing during a solar eclipse in 1882 sparking wonder and scientific interest.

Comets remain fascinating, serving as cosmic laboratories and inspiring scientific exploration. Through observation and photography, people like Petr Horálek contribute to understanding these celestial wonders.

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