Twitter Drama: Comet Lovejoy & The Sun

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Last night astronomers and space enthusiasts alike had the opportunity to witness the rare and dramatic collision of a comet with our biggest star, the sun. In case you didn't know, a recently discovered comet, christened Lovejoy, was on a fatal trajectory with the sun's corona. offered a forecast of the comet's doeful future:

The comet is not expected to survive this close encounter, experts have said. But if it's any consolation to Lovejoy, the comet's last hours of existence will be well-documented for posterity. Scientists have trained a phalanx of satellite instruments on the comet, which is what's known as a Kreutz sungrazer.

And "well-documented for posterity" it was.

In accordance to the laws of the Internet, anybody or anything that is the least bit significant will end up with a Twitter account, including these celestial players upon the cosmic stage. In fact, the two teased and conversed with each other on Twitter in the hours leading up to Lovejoy's smoldering demise and, while it doesn't sound quite as impressive as a "phalanx of satellite instruments," it certainly wins for best histrionics.

Woo! I'm having a hot flash over here. #CometLovejoy 18 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Come to me, @CometLovejoy - we will be together again... 17 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

I've heard this one before, @TheSun, but you don't have to tantalize me with your radiance - I accept my fate. Cheers. 17 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Oh, boy. I'm feeling hot, ladies and gents. Gettin' closer to the photosphere. #cometlovejoy 16 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

You know that white light humans see before they die? I see it. Except it's fiery and violent. And, well, hot. 16 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

You've taunted me throughout the millennia @CometLovejoy venturing close, then running away; over and over again. I have the last laugh! 16 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

GOODBYE! FAREWELL! RT @NickAstronomer OH MAN the video stream now live is just awesome - comet diving in!! - 15 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

And then, as if some galactic deus ex machina forgivingly nudged Lovejoy with its pivotal hand:

Breaking News! Lovejoy lives! The comet Lovejoy has survived it's journey around the sun to reemerge on the other side. 14 hours ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto

Lovejoy rallied! The daring comet would survive after all!

Noooo! @CometLovejoy escapes my immense gravity well and escapes, again! I thought sharks with laser beams would work. Time for another plan 3 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

After narrowly avoiding a permanent curtain call, Lovejoy embraced its new lease on life and bid a fond farewell to its terrestrial spectators:

I've had a change of nucleus - there's so much more to see! I'll be back, Earthlings! #CometLoveJoy 14 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

Crestfallen, the sun could not be reached for comment following this upheaval of events.