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Researchers Watch Solar Eruption Sideswipe Bright Comet

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Science  07 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5612, pp. 1497
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5612.1497a

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A storm from the sun has struck a glancing blow on the tail of a passing comet, thrilling astronomers and solar physicists alike. The encounter with comet NEAT, captured by a solar satellite, should yield new insights about the twisted magnetic churnings of the sun's outbursts.