Yesterday, comet fans were glued to their observatories as Lovejoy, a brave comet made of ice and dirt, headed on a collision course into the sun. The outcomes of these match-ups are pretty much foregone conclusions: the proverbial snowball’s chance in Hell.

But Lovejoy! Lovejoy zipped right past the sun, enduring temperatures over one million degrees, and came out the other side with just a little melt damage.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the remarkable escape. Hope you guys didn’t wager the kids’ presents on the mighty sun.

[via Discovery]