Soundbites: Hubble Observes 1st Confirmed Interstellar Comet

  • Released Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:45PM

Quick link to canned interview with Dr, Jennifer WisemanQuick link to canned interview with Dr. Ken CarpenterClick here for full feature about Hubble's view  of comet 2I/Borisov.You can download the new image here.

Quick link to canned interview with Dr, Jennifer Wiseman

Quick link to canned interview with Dr. Ken Carpenter

Click here for full feature about Hubble's view of comet 2I/Borisov.

You can download the new image here.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers their best look yet at an interstellar visitor — comet 2I/Borisov — whose speed and trajectory indicate it has come from beyond our solar system.

This Hubble image, taken on Oct. 12, 2019, is the sharpest view of the comet to date. Hubble reveals a central concentration of dust around the nucleus (which is too small to be seen by Hubble).

Hubble photographed the comet at a distance of 260 million miles from Earth. The comet is falling past the Sun and will make its closest approach to the Sun on Dec. 7, 2019, when it will be twice as far from the Sun as Earth.

Click here for full feature about Hubble's view of comet 2I/Borisov.

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