An astronomer captured one of the sharpest attention at a comet from the outside solar system.
David Jewitt, a UCLA professor of planetary science and astronomy, studied Comet 2I/Borisov (the “I” stands for “interstellar”) utilizing NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which captured pictures of the object when it was about 260 million miles away.
The comet is traveling at approximately 110,000 miles per hour.
Another interstellar object, dubbed ‘Oumuanua,’ was seen by a University of Hawaii astronomer in 2017 before it raced out of our solar system.
“‘Oumuamua appeared like a bare rock; however, Borisov is acting more like a standard comet,” stated Jewitt, who leads the Hubble team, in a statement. “It’s a puzzle why these two are so different. There’s so much dust on this factor we’ll need to work hard to dig out the nucleus.”
The two comets, 2I/Borisov and ‘Oumuamua,’ are reportedly the first two objects which have traveled from outside of our solar system into ours, which have been noticed.
That is possible as a result of scientists’ data, and equipment is much better than they ever have been.
One research claims there are thousands of such comets in our solar system at any given time; however, most are too faint to be detected with current telescopes.
Comets are icy bodies believed to be fragments left behind when planets form within the outer regions of planetary systems.