Thousands of Unidentified Sungrazers Spotted

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The comets that were discovered minutes before they vapourised.
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  1. Harold Sartorius

    I remember seeing Comet Kohoutek on a cold December morning in 1973.

  2. William Talbot

    I would like you to go back to the moon and explain the Mare Cognitum crater. Especially the unnamed large crater that makes up part of the outer wall. Explain to me how natural processes can make these types of land formations.

  3. Blackwolfe

    Beautiful vid. Thank You for posting. “unfortunately were probably snuffed out right after being discovered.” I am okay with the Sun snuffing comets. :)

  4. Lancelotal

    I was hoping for giant leviathan life forms feeding off our stars energy .

  5. Jaws10214

    I was 5 years old when Halleys comet came by in the 80s, I remember being mezmorized by it.

  6. Bilbo Baggins

    How about the ‘comets’ that hover and linger around above the surface of the sun, at times having spirals of plasma being pulled from the sun, then flying away and making maneuvers that only a form of intelligence would make?

  7. creepy whiteTrash

    When i was in the Army, I had my night vision (IR infared) on and I could see a comet, summer, last year. The one with 2 tales, it was faint with the naked eye

  8. hayorge27

    This is the coolest astronomy yt vid I’ve seen in a while, and I try to watch as many as I can. Thank you

  9. Jeremy Kiahsobyk

    I saw Halley’s comet when I was a child. Present was an old man, a friend of my father, who had seen it when he was a child. The old man is gone now, but I’m going to keep the tradition alive, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.

  10. MrCwildeman

    Gravitationally, the mass of a comet is insignificant to a star and so it should have no influence on a CME, yet we observe it does. Electrically however, a comet birthed from outside our Steller field carries with it the voltage potential from beyond our stars reach and brings it right past our planets to our stars’ very doorstep. Comets are the only objects we observe that move through the dynamic gradient of charge density that our star produces.

    The sublimation of volatile icy gases as they heat up on close approach to the sun has been the long held reasoning for tails of comets, but the CME’s triggering by sungrazers as well as the tendency for comet disintegration/eruption upon passing through the heliospheric current sheet (where the suns polarity changes in space) are stacking up statistically to stand in stark challenge of that idea. Anyone like myself who has experience with EDM (electro discharge machining) has seen up close what electrical current erosion behaves like and it shouldn’t be confused with heat sublimation. Comets are objects from a region of space that is cold yes, but also a region which is absent of the charged solar wind. Any object that finds itself in an environment with a significantly different electrical environment than it was formed in and has no ground reference to dissipate its potential fast enough; it is conceivable that such an object will rip itself apart by forces of static electricity. Heat was the obvious gradient which our sun produces through space but it is not the only gradient which the sun produces that is capable of disintegrating invaders.

    Add the fact that comets can begin to form visible tails on approach from beyond our gas giants, far enough away where the temperatures are far to cold to be causal for melting the icy rock, yet well close enough to be bathed in our stars’ charged solar wind.

    Because of human nature, evidence isn’t enough to change the course in science. It takes evidence and often a new generation of eyes to see it.

  11. SMGJohn

    I remember seeing a comet here in Northern Norway as a kid, it was close to autumn I think and it was a clear blue sky around 15 to 17 or something in time. The comet was extremely visible and large, very orange as it passed through the sky quite slowly.
    Thats probably something I will never witness again, real shame I had no form of camera on me.

  12. Tispre

    I’m old enough to have seen Haley’s. It was amazing.

  13. Alexagrigorieff

    “They approach the Sun, sometimes accelerating to 0.2% of the speed of light”
    That’s no surprise.
    The velocity of an object on a highly elliptical orbit at its perihelion (closes point) approaches the escape velocity, which at the Sun’s surface is 618 km/s, or slightly above 0.2% of speed of light.

  14. Frug Ducked

    when i was younger i remember dad waking me up around 3-4 am and we went out the front and got to see Haleys comet 💫

  15. TheCaptainsArse

    I saw Halley’s Comet when I was 15.
    My uncle saw it when he was a young boy and he got to see it again when he was an old man, shortly before his death.
    I plan on seeing again when I’m an old man.

  16. Brett Coster

    I saw Halley while floating on my back at a student orientation get-together near Lorne, Victoria. It was amazing.

  17. Heri Eystberg

    I lived in a tiny village in the middle of the North Atlantic ocean with ample opportunity for stargazing. I was fortunate enough to see Hale-Bopp as a kid 😀

  18. Aaron Lucas

    I was 12 when I saw Halleys Comet. I will get to see it again in 2061 when I will be 88 years old. Hopefully by then I will be able to see it from my old age home on the moon, where gravity is kinder to old joints.

  19. davemmar

    Halley’s comet, Hyakutake, Neowise, Hale-Bopp, Bennet, but my favorite was comet West. I took a photo of it with a simple camera and the colors in its tail and it’s length still impress me every time I look at it.

  20. crash burn

    I have seen a couple of comets, a couple of meteor showers, and I have a small 4 inch telescope that I have seen some planets with, Saturn and Jupiter are my favorites. If I ever get my 8 inch reflector built, I will be even more excited about looking for things! I hope to see the lights on the moon, if possible, and to photograph them!

  21. Katrina Hynes

    My earlier memory I have is watching Halleys Comet in 86 when I was 3 years old.

  22. JD96893

    Ahhh yes the “if it cant be explained it cant happen” fallacy… Even a 5 year can see that there is a pattern. I would call that an opportunity to discover something new rather than a coincidence.

  23. Mathew Bingley

    I got to see haley’s comet in 1986. The best veiwing day was my 11th birthday and we went way out in the bush away from Darwin, NT, Australia to get away from any light pollution. It was during the dry season, so there were no cloud and it was pretty amazing. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to see it again when I’m 86.

  24. Maen Almilli

    It is disappointing that the video didn’t give space to comet Oumuamua.

    But it has some generally unknown phenomenon not known relevant to comets like plasma trail waving and comet solar tidal gravitation cracking.

    So it balances part way.

  25. Secular Sunshine

    *Those who fear the Light, are kept in the dark.*

    “Let the Sunshine In.”

    E pluribus Unum

  26. VJ Rei

    How beautiful. That is life out there.

  27. Toni [GLXY]

    Wonderful video, saw footage i have never seen before those comets passing through the corona i swear that made my inner space nerd jump

  28. G Balfour

    I’m old enough to have gotten to see Halleys Comet. I did it with my mum (who was the biggest influence in me getting into science) she told me I’ll get to see it again (due to my age being young enough when it last came by). She also got me a book about it and told me not to open it till it comes around again; I think I know what’s in it already but I won’t open it till then. Wish I got to share the experience with her again with more insight and awareness then I had then (being a little little kid).

    Love you Mum.

  29. Pixxel Wizzard

    This is one of the most unique and fascinating channels on YouTube. Thank you for sharing your passion and knowledge of astronomy with us!

  30. Robin Hodgkinson

    Word nazi here…. “They got discovered..” Woah Alex, that was a clanger! : ). Btw, great video as usual (otherwise).

  31. 73F100

    In 1997 I was flying home at night from a business trip. The back of the plane was mostly unoccupied and dark so I went back there and looked out at comet Hale-Bopp. We were above 30,000 ft. so the view of this beautiful comet was spectacular! A rare lifetime experience.

  32. Christopher Nickels

    Hale-Bopp. My wife, and I and our young son went to the park and even in the suburbs of Seattle, was visible to the naked eye. Only Aurora Borealis I have seen 4 times equaled the awesomeness.

  33. J LA

    Comet Hale-Bopp in the mid 90’s was amazing and could even be seen within city lights. We left the city to view it in the countryside and the tail stretched half the length of the night sky. 🤩

  34. Electric Cosmology

    Is all the small comets coming from a single comet, fact or just more guesswork, based on the previous guesswork?

  35. Jorge Soto

    My dad woke me and my brother to watch Ikeya-Seki. What a sight! LONG tail. After that, I have seen about a dozen comets. Halley’s pre-sun swing was nice;; post-sun swing… not good. Comet West in 1976. And many more, some mentioned below in the comments. I almost became an astronomer, solar astronomer for that matter. I am a chemist. Astronomy my hobby. Actually, chemistry is also a hobby for me. Cheers!

  36. Cornbreadfed Kirkpatrick

    going to binge here asap when my calendar allows

  37. Big Sarge

    Amazing! In the 90’s, we lived in Alpine, Wyoming, a small village in the mountains with no light pollution. We watched Hale-Bopp, and in the clear winter air you could easily make out its green hue and the tails arced across fully a third of the night sky. I’m still awed by it to this day. It was so bright where we lived we could take photos on film (before digital). After I retired from the Army, we moved back to Wyoming on some acreage way out in the country. Last summer we could see comet NEOWISE with the naked eye (it,too, seemed greenish). It was also amazing, but nowhere near the spectacle of Hale-Bopp. A friend from Atlanta was visiting us last summer and had no clue you could observe some comets with the naked eye!

  38. John Walters

    I was able to get a glimpse of Comet Ikeya-Seki in 1965 by placing the sun’s disk behind the corner of a building. My favorite comet doesn’t get much press these days, but it was a beautiful sight: Comet Bennett in 1970.

  39. microbuilder

    Nature gives me a meteor shower for my birthday every year…havent missed it once in nearly 40 years (except for cloudy nights of course)

  40. Jinseta Yinsei

    Question: If a Sungrazer has a large enough iron core, wouldn’t it become magnetized and/or become an electrical conductor? It might give (possibly) otherwise unsuccessful CMEs something to pull away from the sun with, much like lightening follows the leading electron and its movement.

  41. stephanie parker

    I still love watching the SOHO website to see updated photos of the sun. It’s amazing!

  42. [80HD] Gaming

    I remember seeing Halley’s comet as a child and Hale-Bopp in my teens… Now that I think about it… I’m damn old… lol

  43. Gregg Aldridge

    I accidentally watched this upside down and had no idea until the end. That’s the great thing about space. 🤣

  44. Blanca Camacho-Bonet

    Would like to see more close-ups of comets hitting the sun.

    Seems like comet tails get swept by solar winds towards the planets. All those particles interacting to cause interesting reactions…

    CME’S coincidence 🤔

  45. fred jones

    I remember Halle-Bopp from 1996 I think. I lived in northern Washington and we were watching it clearly for a week before they started talking about it on tv. It got really spectacular and was a lot of fun until those nut jobs in So-Cal decided to off themselves and catch a ride on it. I sometimes wonder how they’re liking it so far.

  46. Jeremy Griffin

    Love hearing the Space Engine music as I watch.

  47. Jack Berry

    I remember being so stoked to see ISON in 2013. I was just a sophmore in highschool. Waited a year to see it up close only for it to be underwhelming. I was dissapointed

  48. HistoricKeeper

    I think the comets trigger CME by the plasma crossing magnetic lines almost like arcing.

  49. Soaring Eagle

    As a small child I was always thrilled with the thought of observing comets, particularly those observable with the naked eye, and I read about Halley’s comet and waited very impatiently for its return in 1986. Unfortunately it was the farthest from the earth that it gets at perihelion and instead of a brilliant comet with a long tail it presented as little more than a fuzzy blot. To make up for that the universe provided me with the opportunity to see comet Hyakutake when it made its closest approach to Earth. It was spectacular. Even in the city it was visible but from the dark sky location I was observing at you could see the tail and it stretched out over 11 degrees in length (22 full moon widths). I thought my comet watching life was complete at that point and then was treated to several weeks of observations of comet Hale-Bopp. While not as spectacular as Hyakutake it was observable for a much longer amount of time and presented a tail of 2-3 degrees during most of its time before and after perihelion. I can hardly wait to discover what the next naked eye comet brings.

  50. Graeme Brumfitt

    Great footage and commentary! TFS, GB :)

  51. Chris Guarino

    I really Loved and Enjoyed this! Your posting of the Sun grazing comets are Fascinating and most complete as far as the History and Science of them. Thank You Very much for the Information! 🤩

  52. Jadeybabe33

    Interesting video. That is odd how the corona ejects when the comets go by!

  53. Z Pinch

    If the comets have a different charge to the sun, could this explain the CME’s, I feel there may be electrical interactions that the mainstream are not looking at

  54. Peter Nakitch

    Comets I have seen: Halley (1986), Hyakutake (1996), Hale-Bopp (1996), McNaught (2007). Of all Comet Hyakutake was amazing with McNaught a close second. McNaught was visible in daylight on 12-13 January 2007 near the sun. I remember seeing it just after sunset on 14 January (and for several days after) from west of Sydney; the trail was 20-30 degrees in length.

  55. colin Paterson

    Hi Alex I was fortunate enough to see the Hale Bopp in 1997, when it was in the sky in the latter part of the year. It was so impressive and more than made up for the disappointment that was Halley in 1986.

  56. Robin Cupp

    I filmed Halleys, it wasn’t that impressive but it was fun to do long exposure shots and see the legend. I’m not even sure how to do it now on my Nikon.

  57. Orac

    I’ve seen 4, with Hyakutake being my favorite. Despite knowing a fair amount about them, it still weirds me out knowing these speedy piles of matter are whipping around us.
    It’s going to be great when we can catch up and mine them. There’s certainly enough fuel on location to redirect them.

  58. William Burr

    When I was just a kid, my grand-dad used to regale me with stories about Haley’s Comet. So naturally, when the next revolution came around I was super excited. Alas, the “viewing” was less spectacular than the previous expectations. I don’t know if being in Michigan factored into my disappointment (we DO have a lot of over-cast days which makes for poor viewing generally). But even when I could see clearly, it still wasn’t that great. Perhaps I was expecting something of Biblical proportions, but I was definitely unimpressed,

  59. Luca DeAdam

    I feel like they missed the chance to call these “icarus comets.”

  60. MaxAmerica

    Simply fascinating. Thanks for this video.

  61. Michiel Pompert

    Whilst Hale Bopp was obviously the most noticable, my first was Hyakutake the year before. Also seen NEOWISE last year and photographed it but to the nake eyes it wasn’t nearly as spectacular as the other two.

  62. Australien

    Amazing views of the sun 👏 those impacts and CMEs don’t look coincidental

  63. PAL 725

    Hale-Bob. I felt privileged to be able to see it in my life time. 🥰

  64. Scott Sluggos Rule!

    Halle-Bop also my most memorable .. in a dark sky the faint part of the tail seemed to stretch 1/4 across the whole sky.. incredible!

  65. vondeliusc

    SUPER interesting; did not even know this was a thing. Thank you.

  66. MzShaybutta

    This channel is so informative. It’s my favorite.❤

  67. Sonja Johnson

    Never seen a comet with my own eyes, but I recall watching the coverage of Shoemaker-Levy 9 and its spectacular demise. That was VERY interesting! Comets are just fascinating objects.

  68. Hooke Aires

    Yes, I observed Hale-Bopp thru tripod mounted binoculars, although it was virtually impossible to miss it if you had even the slightest inclination to look up. That experience provided me with the impetus to build a large reflector telescope.

  69. Brian Will

    Shoemaker Levy 9 was possibly one of the most intriguing and amazing astronomical events that happened in my opinion. A comet torn apart by immense gravitational force, then colliding with and scarring a gaseous planet, not to mention the king of the gaseous planets, was absolutely mind blowing. Wish today’s tech existed back then.

  70. Rationalific

    Thanks for sharing these really cool visuals with us, along with the nice explanation!

  71. G Henrickson

    This was a nice video to enjoy over morning coffee. Thanks

  72. Alec From Minnenowhere

    I flew to southern Arizona in late winter in 1986 to view Halley’s Comet. It was such a famous Comet in 1910 in the northern hemisphere but not so much in 1986. I followed it as it made its way across our view through that winter into spring. It was still one of the most amazing events in my life. As much as the total solar eclipse in western Nebraska in August of 2017.

  73. kirby march barcena

    I never actually seen these except in various videos. I would probably be so excited should I see one personally.

  74. Nicole Bonnici

    Thanks for the amazing video, as usual. This one was particularly interesting (they all are interesting but I hadn’t heard the term “sungrazers before). I’m always learning new things from your videos and the quality is always top-tier. Keep up the great work my dude.

  75. CrankyPants

    Very interesting and the fact that we have videos like that is awesome. Thanks for sharing your always-fascinating content and commentary with us.

  76. Robert Kerr

    I was 6 years old when Haley’s comet rolled by. It was quite the event. I have a feeling i’ll live long enough to see it again..

  77. Full Metal Gusset

    Halle bopp in 1997, I was 15, for some reason it looked brighter if you looked slightly to the side of it, I’ll never forget the 2 tails, one white, one blue, awesome 🤩

  78. Accutronitis The 2nd

    I saw a cool shooting star a few weeks ago, I was out for a walk in the middle of the night and just happened to look up as I often do and I saw it shoot across the sky very brightly and for quite an ark…

  79. Robert Wren

    I didn’t know that there were so many comets that we never see cuz they’re so small. I remember seeing Halley’s comet way back in the 80’s.

  80. RobPanico

    I was fortunate to catch Hale-Bopp as a child and Neowise last year. While both were equally beautiful, nothing will ever compare to the first time peering into the night sky and noticing the blurry orb of Hale-Bopp silently hovering among the stars. I’ll treasure that memory forever.

  81. mark mark

    Comet Bennett of 1969 was far and away the best comet I’ve been able to see from Colorado…

  82. Generical FishTycoon

    Missed Halley’s by 5 years, but I definitely remember Hale-bopp very well. I was young, but it’s visage is forever burned into my mind.

  83. George French

    I got a good view of Hale-Bopp. NEOWISE was only faintly visible, but I got some excellent photos exposing at f4 for 10 and 12 seconds. I had to use ISO 2,800 and 3,000, but I was able to greatly reduce the appearance of sensor noise by selectively desaturating the reds and greens and appropriating a couple of tricks borrowed from portrait photographers.

  84. thisiszaphod

    Hale–Bopp in the mid 1990’s is the first (and only) comet I saw.
    I remember feeling a little disappointed in that it appeared stationary in the night sky!

  85. ProjectPhysX

    Seeing comet Neowise last year with my bare eyes was one of the most incredible things ever. It was very faint at first and barely visible through binoculars, and then for about two weeks got very bright, after which it changed color to green and fainted back into darkness.
    Watching it in the airplane-less Corona lockdown sky in the warm summer nights was a one in a lifetime experience.

  86. sequeiraa777

    I will never forget the Hale Bopp comet with its two tales, I saw it in Guanacaste in a mountain no town lights blocking my view, amazing 🤩

  87. M J

    ALWAYS amazing videos here! Thank you for sharing the visuals and the information! I really appreciate your work.

  88. StJukes

    Watching these sun clips with the comets is really satisfying.

  89. heywoodf

    Here’s my blast from the past … On the flight deck of a Boeing 727, I briefly glimpsed Comet West. IIRC, that flight was in the late evening around Jan 1976 from Perth to Sydney in Australia. The spectacle was at a very high azimuth as I recall difficulty and discomfort manoeuvring to see it out of the window.

  90. David Datura

    Like many others here, the only comet I was able to see was Hale-Bopp back in the mid-90s. It was quite amazing! I live in the middle of a town with a lot of light pollution, yet it was still clearly visible with the naked eye and even better with binoculars! Some years earlier, back in ‘87 I believe it was. I tried to catch Haley’s comet…unsuccessfully. Hale-Bopp made up for that in spades though 💫

  91. StantheMan

    I once had a job that put me outdoors overnight. From my vantage point from latitude 38 degrees north, I watched a comet slowly cross the southern sky low to the horizon for three consecutive nights. It was sometime during or near 1984, probably fall or winter since visibility was crystal clear. No telescope or even binoculars. It was impressively beautiful.

  92. TestTubeBabySpy

    This is awesome. I never knew these existed..obviously.. Hale Bopp was the first and only comet I’ve seen. I only wish I was mature enough appreciate what I was looking at. Thanks so much Alex.

  93. Mitch B.

    My first comet was halle-bop and I remember it clearly as my dad took me out on a new moon night and we got to see it over the coast mountains of BC. We also were treated to northern lights in the other direction which was rare for Vancouver Island.

  94. DeadMonkeyHD

    Your videos are always a source of great inspiration. :)

  95. Marc Gorter

    With friends, I organized a ‘ghost tour’ through the woods for a class of kids my friends’ dad taught. I was posted at the edge of the woods and waiting for the kids to pass by. From the forest, I had a view over a wide field with clear skies. A very, very quiet spot. As I looked up at the stars, this bright flash appeared, crossed the sky, the object emitted a green glow, a long trail of smoke following it with this massive roar. And then it was gone. Probably not comet, right? But it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed. I’d seen falling stars before but I had never heard one.

  96. Steve Young

    Earth based life went from fearing impactors to using them as lab mice. Makes me smile a big goofy Carl Sagan grin.

  97. Mood

    I thought it wrote “Sungazers” and it sounded like a mysterious badass alien sighting or something..

    But I guess this is cool, too!

  98. Johannes Gaida

    Thanks for making those videos man, they are so relaxing to watch. Keep it up!

  99. Cosmic Something


    Lol I love how you use space engine music, the first track is called eternal moment if anyone is wondering

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