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Sungrazer C/1979 Q1 (SOLWIND) (Read 1179 times)
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Sungrazer C/1979 Q1 (SOLWIND)
02/21/10 at 03:53:16
 
In aug 1979 the Solwind mission captured a comet grazing the sun . Since then some 15 more were discovered by this probe .  
Ephemeris are here : http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?ID=dJ79Q010;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb.  
Here's an animation of the path of the comet going back in time , as could be viewed from Pluto , looking down on Mercury and Venus . It is thought the comet has a hyperbolic path .  
One frame in this animation covers about 1 venusian year .
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