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Meet Crimea astronomer who discovered new interstellar comet

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 19, 2019 12:20

Meet Crimea astronomer who discovered new interstellar comet

A Russian scientist living in the annexed Crimea has registered a new comet which is likely to be a unique ‘interstellar visitor’, a likely prospect that would make it the second such interstellar object observed in our planetary neighborhood.The trajectory of a newly discovered object hurtling toward the orbit of Mars, first detected by Crimean astronomer Gennady Borisov, follows a highly curved path barreling in the sun’s direction at unusually high speeds, evidence that it originated beyond the solar system.The comet, an apparent amalgam of ice and dust, is expected to make its closest approach to the sun on Dec. 8, putting it 300 million km from Earth, on a route believed unique to such objects of interstellar origin. Borisov who has previously registered seven other comets said he made the discovery with a telescope he assembled and tuned himself.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 19, 2019 12:20