In an exciting and scary event, scientists reveal a recent image of 2I/Borisov, an interstellar comet expected to pass earth carefully. The latest image is the best and detailed image of the comet captured by the scientist to date. Scientists confirmed that the 2I/Borisov comet created outside of the solar system.
The entrance of 2I/Borisov comet marks the second instance when an interstellar object passes through the solar system. The first instance was recorded in 2017, when an interstellar object called Oumuamua passed the solar system.
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Tale University astronomers took the help of Low-Resolution Imaging Spectrometer in W.M. Keck Observatory to generate a detailed image of the incoming comet. The observatory situated in Hawaii. This was the first instance when the comet was seen during the summer. The astronomers also captured the images of comet relative to earth.
The comet carries a massive tail with it, astronomers revealed. The rear of the comet is around 1,00,000 miles long. The comet could carry 14 earth-like objects in its tail. Pieter van Dokkum, one of the astronomers at Yale, revealed the vast sized comet and felt humbling after knowing how big the interstellar object is.
The comet, 2I/Borisov, will go past earth within 190 miles from its surface on the 8th of December. Gregory Laughlin, another astronomer at Yale, revealed that the new positioning of the comet provides ample information for the scientists to analyze the building blocks of other bodies apart from the earth.
Experts believe that the comet originated from another star system, but it entered our solar system after nearly missing a planet. The scientists who are researching on the comet, states that the comet is more ghosty type, as its core has a width in miles. Like other comets, the dust particles constitute the most significant portion of this comet as well, scientists confirmed. Scientists are hopeful that future observation will reveal more details about the rare comet.