The solar system now has one less comet. This week, NASA confirmed that the SOHO satellite had discovered its 3,000th comet cementing its standing as the greatest comet finder of all time.
The sundiving comet discovered on Sept. 15th by Worachate Boonplod, a science writer from Thailand, passed too close to the sun and apparently evaporated.
A coronagraph onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) recorded the death plunge.
Prior to the 1995 launch of the observatory, commonly known as SOHO, only a dozen or so comets had ever even been discovered from space, while some 900 had been discovered from the ground.
The second video below shows the paths of almost 2,000 comets either discovered or seen by SOHO. Different colors represent different families of comets. Red represents the Kreutz family of comets, which count for 85 percent of all the comets found by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.