New image offers close-up view of interstellar comet

Tue, 11/26/2019

Yale astronomers Pieter van DokkumCheng-Han HsiehShany Danieli, and Gregory Laughlin have taken a new, close-up image of the interstellar comet 2l/Borisov. 

2l/Borisov, first spotted this summer, continues to draw nearer to Earth and will reach its closest approach - about 190 million miles - in early December. Researchers believe the comet formed in a solar system beyond ours and was ejected into interstellar space as a consequence of a near-collision with a planet in its original solar system.

The Yale astronomers captured the image Nov. 24 using the W.M. Keck Observatory’s Low-Resolution Imaging Spectrometer in Hawaii. They’ve also created an image that shows how the comet would look alongside planet Earth.

Read more from Jim Shelton’s YaleNews article…

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