The new comet was discovered this week as online conspiracy theorists continue to claim a huge space rock will wipe out mankind by the end of the Blood Moon lunar event on September 28. The flaming space rock was also the 3,000th “sun-grazing comet” to be discovered by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) – a specialist telescope on board an unmanned space probe – since it began photographing the Sun 20 years ago.

The dot (circled) is a comet thrusting towards the Sun which was captured by the SOHO on September 14. It was first spotted in the images by amateur astronomer Worachate Boonplod, of Samut Songkhram, Thailand. Comets are clumps of frozen gases and dust that contain material from the beginning of our solar system. He said: “I am very happy to be part of a great milestone for SOHO’s comet project. “I would like to thank SOHO, ESA and NASA for making this opportunity possible, including other fellow comet hunters who I have learned a lot from.” FULL REPORT