Originally Posted by aroc91
I'm not so sure the comet caused the CME. It was probably just coincidental timing.
Yeah I was thinking the same thing...I am trying to find a longer segment of that video to see what the ussual erruptions were like at the time. I also think it would have occured on the side of the sun that the commet approached on. The video makes it look like it came from the far side as if the commet shot right through the middle of the sun...that would be one heck of a commet to do that. The commet should have burned to nothing long before it could have came close to the surface.
What we saw may have been plasma from the commet material getting spun off and taking some of the ussual stuff with it though. If so that is incredibe. A tiny commet having an effect on a massive solor body.Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/3/11 at 8:09am