We have visitors. A huge comet has invaded the outer reaches of our solar system and is moving towards the center. The comet is so large that astronomers initially thought it was small plane used to be. But C/2014 UN271, or easier: Bernardinelli-Bernstein, is indeed a culprit – unique.
This giant is harmless to the Earth, according to calculations it only approaches Saturn. However, it is a godsend for astronomers, as this path is close enough to properly study the giant. This isn’t the first time the stone stopper has sailed, 3 million years ago there must have been a highway. Only then was there no people.
Bernardinelli Bernstein comes from the Oort Cloud, a region of comets that surround our solar system. The cloud was discovered by astronomer Jan Hendrik Oort, who attempted to explain why pieces of space debris that describe an elliptical orbit keep arriving toward us. Other famous comets, such as Hale-Bop, also emanate from the Oort cloud.
This comet has a diameter of 155 kilometers, which definitely makes it the largest comet ever observed in our solar system. In 2031, the comet will be closest to the sun, but it will miss all the planets well. Then the giant flies away from us again towards the Oort cloud. with the With the naked eye Unfortunately, not all of this will be shown, the discoverers wrote in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.
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