Comet disintegrates as it passes too close to the Sun

Astronomers watch a comet fry for the first time.

323P/SOHO observed by the Subaru Telescope on December 21, 2020 (left) and CFHT on February 11, 2021 (right). 323P/SOHO is seen as a point source in the centre of the left image; the comet has developed a long narrow tail in the right image. Credit: Subaru Telescope/CFHT/Man-To Hui/David Tholen.