NASA's hubble shares pictures of first interstellar comet at its closest to Sun
New Delhi : US space agency NASA has released the picture of the 'visitor' interstellar comet, which is believed to be at the closest of the Sun ever seen till date and it is headed towards a new galaxy.
The comet that has been given the name 2I/Borisov is the first identified comet to arrive in our solar system from another star. Though it is still a mystery for scientists that from where it is actually coming.
The path comet is following was first discovered by Gennady Borisov, an astronomer from Crimea in Eastern Europe and it showed that the comet followed a path that was curved, hurtling in the direction of the sun at a really high speed, giving evidence that it indeed was an interstellar object.
The Sun's gravity is slightly deflecting its trajectory, but can't capture it because of the shape of its orbit and high velocity of about 100,000 miles per hour.
This image, taken by @NASAHubble, captured comet 2I/Borisov streaking though our solar system at about 100K miles per hour on its way back to interstellar space.— NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard) December 12, 2019
It's only the 2nd interstellar object known to have passed through our solar system!
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Meanwhile, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope came up with the sharpest views as the comet Borisov skirts by our Sun. The telescope has been tracking the celestial body since October. Hubble revealed that the heart of the comet, a loose agglomeration of ices and dust particles, is likely no more than about 3,200 feet across, about the length of nine football fields.