Hubble Sees First-Time Icy Visitor Comet K2

  • Released Thursday, September 28th, 2017
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:47PM

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope observed the farthest-discovered active inbound comet, Comet K2. K2 came from the distant Oort Cloud and is visiting our inner solar system for the first (and only) time. Since we're seeing it so far away, past the orbit of Saturn, K2 is still in its early phase of activity, likely making it the most primitive comet anyone has ever seen.

Read the web story on nasa.gov.

Download the Hubble images on HubbleSite.org.

Read the science paper here.



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