This is an animation -- from the SOHO satellite -- of two comets hitting the sun on June 1st and 2nd, 1998. The timing of the two comets hitting the sun coincides with the timing of two "Coronal Mass Ejections" Traditional physics does not predict that the Coronal Mass Ejections are caused by the comets. The press release that came out with this animation states:
3 June 1998
Headquarters, Washington, DC
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
NOTE TO EDITORS: N98-38
SOHO SPACECRAFT SEES TWO COMETS PLUNGE INTO SUN
In a rare celestial spectacle, two comets have been observed plunging into the Sun's atmosphere in close succession, on June 1 and 2. This unusual event on Earth's own star was followed on June 2 by a likely unrelated but also dramatic ejection of solar gas and magnetic fields on the southwest (or lower right) limb of the Sun.
The observations of the comets and the large erupting prominence were made by the LASCO coronagraph on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft. Science instruments on SOHO have discovered more than 50 comets, including many so- called sun grazers, but none in such close succession. The eruption of solar gas was directed away from Earth and does not pose a hazard to our planet or orbiting astronauts.
Video footage of these intriguing events will be uplinked on the NASA TV Video File at 11 a.m. and 3:55 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 4.
Selected images and an image sequence of the new observations can be found on the World Wide Web at the NASA SOHO Website:
SOHO is a joint undertaking of NASA and the European Space Agency. Development of the LASCO instrument was coordinated by the US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. Dr. Donald Michels of the LASCO science team led the team that observed this rare phenomenon.
NASA Television is carried on GE-2, transponder 9C, 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, frequency 3880 MHz, audio 6.8 Megahertz.
The key statement in this press release -- highlighted in green -- states that the CMEs were "likely unrelated." I believe they are not only "related" but are caused by the comets. The Ball-of-Light Particle Model predicts that the impacts destabilize the core of the sun. The details of this cause and effect relationship depends on the physical size of the colliding object. For relatively small colliding objects, the cause and effect mechanism works like this:
(For objects more massive than these comets -- such as a moon, planet, or another star -- the details would be different.)
The above press release states the coma impacts and the coronal mass ejections were "likely unrelated.". The Ball-of-Light Particle Model predicts the collisions caused the ejections. Further proof lies in the timing of the comets and the time of the CMEs. If you note the time between the the comets and the time between the CMEs, you will find the timing is almost identical. Coincidence? I do not believe so.
There is another example of a comet hitting the sun. If the CMEs are coincidences here, then coincidentally there is another CME in this other example of One Comet Hitting the Sun. (Large file! 136K QuickTime.mov)
These events are not coincidences! Three comets hitting the sun, three solar mass ejections, with the same timing between the comet's collision and the CME.
The Ball-of-Light Particle Model predicts that a comet doesn't even need to hit the sun to cause such a coronal mass ejection. The Ball-of-Light Particle Model predicts that the planets of our solar system induce balls-of-light off the core of the sun and create the sunspot cycle. If it is large enough, fast enough, and induces a large gravitational wave as it passes the sun at perihelion -- its closest point to the sun in its orbit -- then, the gravitational wave will induce electromagnetic waves across the sun's core which could induce a ball-of-light which could explode which could cause a coronal mass ejection. It is possible that such an event could even cause the sun to go Nova, or Supernova. (I believe that the exploding star Eta Carinae is an example of this.)
(See also, Gravitational Induction of an Electromagnetic Wave on a Ball-of-Light.)