It’s heading towards us! NASA confirms that the largest comet ever seen has been detected
No.The ASA’s Hubble Telescope has determined that a comet, which has a mass of around 500 trillion tons and is 137km wide, is heading towards us at around 35.405km per hour.
However, we shouldn’t be worried because the closest point it will get is more than a billion kilometers from the sun, and it won’t be until 2031, although it will be visible from our planet.
The aforementioned comet was first spotted in 2010, but now Hubble has confirmed its size and is larger than any other comet astronomers have ever seen before.
“We always suspected that this comet must be large because it is so bright at such a great distance,” he pointed out David Jewittprofessor of planetary sciences and astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“We now confirm that it is. This comet is literally the tip of the iceberg for many thousands of comets that are too faint to be seen in the farthest reaches of the solar system.”
How did this comet enter the Solar System?
According to a statement from the space agency, the comet was discovered by astronomers Pedro Bernardinelli And Gary Bernstein in archival images from the Dark Energy Survey at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Comets are described by NASA as frozen, planetary “Lego blocks”.
“They were unceremoniously kicked out of the Solar System in a gravitational pinball game among the massive outer planets,” read the NASA statement.
“The ejected comets settled in the Oort Cloud, a vast reservoir of distant comets surrounding the Solar System.”
From man to HuiMacau University of Science and Technology stressed that “they guessed the comet could be quite large, but we needed the best data to confirm it.”
“This is an extraordinary object, given how active it is when it is still so far from the sun,” he added.