Gif: NASA/ESA/D. Jewitt (UCLA)
The Hubble Space Telescope has given us our best view yet of the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov on its way through our solar system.
Details: The new photos of the comet show it in blue light speeding along, about 420 million kilometers (261 million miles) from Earth.
- “Because another star system could be quite different from our own, the comet could have experienced significant changes during its long interstellar journey,” Amaya Moro-Martin of the Space Telescope Science Institute said in a statement.
Background: 2I/Borisov is just the second interstellar object seen on a path through the inner solar system. By studying its chemical composition, the comet could tell us how similar or different other solar systems might be compared to our own.