Interstellar comet 2l/Borisov is believed to be the second interstellar object ever discovered, so astronomers are keeping an eye on it,media CNET reported. Astronomers at Yale University have captured the latest images of the interstellar comet. This image captured by the low-resolution imaging spectrometer at the WM Keck Observatory in Hawaii is one of the clearest images ever made of this interstellar visitor.
The interstellar comet will reach its closest point to the sun in December, about 190 million miles from the sun. According to Yale University, the comet’s center is about a mile in diameter, but its “tail” extends by nearly 100,000 miles. The image shows the mass of the center and the fuzzy halo of the gas and dust that follows it. Astronomers describe it as “ghostly.”
“Researchers believe that the comet was formed in a star system outside the solar system and was thrown into interstellar space as a result of a collision with a planet in the original star system,” Yale University astronomers said in a press release Tuesday. “
Although 2l/Borisov is an interstellar comet, it acts like a normal comet. Astronomers can still learn a lot from it. “Astronomers are using 2l/Borisov’s visit to use telescopes like Keck to get information about the elements of planetary composition in our star system outside our solar system,” said Gregory Laughlin, an astronomer at Yale University. “