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  • adj. Whose path or orbit passes very close to the sun


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  • With an orbit that takes it within about 150,000 km of the Sun at about midnight GMT on 15-16 December, Comet Lovejoy belongs to the Kreutz sungrazing family of comets that have produced some of the greatest comets of all time.

    Starwatch: Mercury in view

  • This is Murakami's second comet discovery but Ikeya has found six others over a span of almost five decades – his most famous one being the sungrazing Comet Ikeya-Seki, the Great Comet of 1965, and surely one of the brightest comets of the last millennium.

    Starwatch: Comets Hartley 2 and Ikeya-Murakami

  • Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the fate of a sungrazing comet.

    The Lensman's Children

  • The last really bright sungrazing comet was in 1965, an incident which my father saw and witnessed.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The sungrazing comet C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy), set to skim the surface of the sun late Thursday (Dec. 15), was discovered two weeks ago by amateur observer Terry Lovejoy.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • It was probably around the initial announcement, which was on the 2nd of December, that there were enough observations made of it to prove it was a sungrazing comet.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Some were sungrazing, some were other types but very close to the sun.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Probably the most spectacular comets in history were of the same sungrazing group.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Comet 96P/Machholz, and the Kreutz family of sungrazing comets.

    Signs of the Times


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