New Images of 1st Known Interstellar Comet Released

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December 13, 2019 - 3:30 pm
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Astronomers are excited about a visitor from another solar system.

It's the first known interstellar comet discovered by an amateur astronomer, Gennady Borisov.

Planetary Astronomer Doctor Heidi Hammel is with NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland and she said "this object, 2I/Borisov was discovered in August of this year in 2019 by Mr. Borisov, an amateur astronomer in the Ukraine and he has a large amateur telescope." 

NASA Hubble Space Telescope said on Twitter: "These two images, taken by Hubble, capture comet 2I/Borisov streaking though our solar system and on its way back to interstellar space. This mysterious visitor from the depths of space is the first identified comet to arrive here from another sta."

The discovery has been confirmed by the Hubble Space Telescope.