Soundbites: Hubble Observes 1st Confirmed Interstellar Comet
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.
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Canned interview with Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, Hubble Senior Scientist. Answers are separated by a slate. TRT 3:43
Canned interview with Dr. Ken Carpenter, NASA scientist. Answers separated by a slate. TRT 2:22
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