Like Icarus, a brush with the sun; and a tale of a tail

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A recently featured post here, the rat as hero, seems to have opened the door to other unlikely heroes. Here’s a hero even farther out. Please take this adjective farther very literally because I’m talking comet. This past week a small comet defied what astronomers expected would be certain destruction in a close orbital encounter with the sun and re-emerged to continue on its way. Understand, a comet isn’t sentient so it can’t possibly be considered a hero in the same sense as a human. But this is certainly as close as a dirtball can come to being a hero! Continue reading