Solar Wind Makes Comet Lovejoy’s Tail Wiggle

That is not one of Uncle John’s special euphemisms! (Although it really should be.)

You see a video like this and you just wonder – how in the heck do they get that? Wow!

Comet Lovejoy’s tail gets a special wiggle from the solar wind. This video comes from the Sungrazing Comets website at the Naval Research Laboratory.

Check this little tail-shaking streaker out:

Pretty cool, no? (Sungrazing Comets’ site is really worth a look.)

We got this from the Twitter feed of badass astronomer Phil Plait. And we really recommend you go to his blog at Discover Magazine’s website to see his latest post,  “Epic tantrum thrown by 30 octillion ton baby.” Really. It’s mindblowing. Really, really mindblowing. If you’re into that sort of thing, anyway.


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