Hubble snaps haunting portrait of interstellar comet Borisov

by admin on Oct 17, 2019
Image Source : NASA

The second known interstellar visitor to our planetary system is entering into emphasis.

NASA and also ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured the sharpest image yet of comet 2I/Borisov, a strange stranger that has actually roamed our way from the excellent past. The sight reveals fluffy-looking dirt surrounding the comet’s icy core.

” No one knows where it came from. Nobody knows how long it has actually been drifting via the empty, cool void of interstellar area,” NASA stated in a Hubble launch on Wednesday.

timelapse of comet 2I/Borisov from Hubble images

Crimean amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov found the comet on Aug. 30 and it was later on called in his honor. This is the second confirmed interstellar object considering that oddball Oumuamua briefly turned up in 2017.

” Whereas Oumuamua appeared to be a rock, Borisov is actually active, a lot more like a normal comet. It’s a challenge why these 2 are so different,” stated David Jewitt, Hubble group lead for the comet monitoring.

We’ve found out a lot about Borisov since we initially observed it. It has a harmful comet tail as well as is zipping along at an alert rate of 110,000 mph (177,000 km/h). It appears to look and behave like a regular comet in spite of its exotic beginning.

Hubble will certainly be keeping an eye on Borisov. Researchers have currently intended telescope monitorings through January 2020 so we can discover much more what this far-off visitor has to inform us concerning the globe outside our solar system.

Don’t get as well attached. We will have to bid Borisov farewell in mid-2020 when it goes out of our planetary system to continue its journeys across deep space.

Source: Cnet