Home QuickTime Animation of Comet Hitting the Sun

This is an animation from the SOHO satellite of a comet hitting the sun on 12/24/1996. (To see a larger version of this, go to the offsite link or use, Warning 477K.) (LASCO is the Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph on the SOHO satellite.)

The Ball-of-Light Particle Model predict that the impacts destabilize the core of the sun. For relatively small colliding objects, the cause and effect mechanism works like this:

  1. The object impacts the surface of the sun.
  2. Waves in the plasma of the sun are created.
  3. The plasma is ionized, therefore the moving waves have a powerful current.
  4. The moving electromagnetic wave induces electromagnetic waves on the core of the sun.
  5. The electromagnetic waves sweep across the core.
  6. At the opposite side of the core, where the wave focuses, a ball-of-light is induced off the core. (See animated GIF of a large ball-of-light inducing a small ball-of-light.)
  7. Each comet induces large balls-of-light that are induced off of the sun's core.
  8. The induced balls-of-light are not stable, and immediately explosively decay in the envelope of the sun.
  9. These explosions launch massive amounts of the sun's plasma into space creating two "Coronal Mass Ejections."

In the press release that came out with this animation, scientists stated the solar mass ejection was unrelated to the comet's collisions. The Ball-of-Light Particle Model predicts the collisions caused the ejection.

(See also, Two Comets Hitting the Sun) (Large file! 245K

This is not a coincidence! 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. 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.)