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An orbiting satellite recently captured an event on film that have never been observed before. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory witnessed the fiery destruction of a comet as it crashed into the sun. Officials said one of the solar imagers on the spacecraft spotted what is known as a sun-graving comet as it disintegrated over a 15-minute period. Comets have been spotted near the sun before, but the recent event was the first to be observed in real time as it disappeared. Such celestial objects are called sun-grazers because their orbital paths pass extremely close to the sun.

Sun grazing comets are relatively common and are also called Kruetz comets, named a 19th century astronomer who first showed they were related. Officials said that due to the orbit of this particular object, it passed across the front half of the sun and appeared to get brighter as it struck hotter particles above the solar surface. They described it as one of the brightest sun-grazers recorded. Officials said” Given the intense heat and radiation, the comet simply evaporated away completely.”

--Comet’s death by Sun Photographed for First Time, http://news.yahoo.com/comets-death-sun-photographed-first-time-174602662.html ; July 13, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

This comet is a picture of what would happen to us if we tried to approach God in our own strength. The only way to approach Him is through His Son, Jesus.

1 Timothy 6:16 (CEV) Only God lives forever! And he lives in light that no one can come near. No human has ever seen God or ever can see him. God will be honored, and his power will last forever. Amen.

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