Spacecraft captures comet's final moments before crashing into the sun in a fiery death

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A Spacecraft Just Spotted A Comet's Final Moments As It Crashed Into The Sun

A sungrazing comet has been captured zooming "toward the sun...at nearly 1.3 million miles per hour."

According to a NASA press release, the event occurred on August 3 and 4 and was observed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory which is jointly operated with the European Space Agency.

The release explains that "comets are chunks of ice and dust that orbit the sun, usually on highly elliptical orbits..."

This one originated from "the Kreutz family of comets...[which] broke off of a huge comet several centuries ago."

Unfortunately, it did not survive its attempted journey, as it got torn apart and vaporized by our star's forces.

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Japan, Tokai Region, Shizuoka Prefecture, Fujinomiya-shi, View of Lovejoy comet with Mt.Fuji. (Photo by: JTB/UIG via Getty Images)
In this image provided by NASA the Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth's horizon in this nighttime image photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, onboard the International Space Station on Dec. 21, 2011. Burbank described seeing the comet three nights ago as "the most amazing thing I have ever seen in space," in an interview with WDIV-TV in Detroit. (AP Photo/NASA, Dan Burbank)
In this image provided by NASA the Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth's horizon in this nighttime image photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, onboard the International Space Station on Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/NASA, Dan Burbank)
Japan, Tokai Region, Shizuoka Prefecture, Fujinomiya-shi, View of Lovejoy comet with Mt.Fuji. (Photo by: JTB/UIG via Getty Images)
This handout image provided by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, shows the Comet Lovejoy leaving the sun's corona which is several million degrees. A small comet survived what astronomers figured would be a sure death when it danced uncomfortably close to the broiling sun Thursday night. Comet Lovejoy, which was only discovered a couple of weeks ago, was supposed to melt as it came so close to the sun that the temperatures around it would hit several million degrees. Astronomers had tracked 2,000 other sun-grazing comets make the same suicidal trip. None had ever survived. (AP Photo/NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory)
Comet Lovejoy passing through the constellation of Ursa Major 37 million miles from Earth November 19, 2013. Lovejoy is currently inbound toward the sun and will reach perihelion between Earth and Venus on Dec.22.
Comet Lovejoy over Santiago de Chile
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