The interstellar comet Borisov, detected in August of this year, will reach its nearest point to the Sun today. The object can also be observed with some small telescopes.
According to SkyandTelescope, an interstellar comet from beyond our solar system will reach its nearest point to the Sun today (December 8th). According to information on the website, some small telescopes can be seen.
This comet Comet 2I / Borisov was discovered last August by Gennady Borisov, an amateur astronomer. The very large orbit of the comet means that it comes beyond the influence of the Sun, outside our solar system.
Getting closer to the sun
Interstellar comet, called the dumpling today and is expected to reach the region closest to the Sun. The comet will watch two astronomical units away from the Sun. An astronomical unit equals 150 million kilometers, the distance between the Sun and the Earth. The comet will also pass near Earth on December 28th.
According to observations Borisov; with a small, shiny head and a weak, long tail. The surface of this celestial body has a reddish color. The comet is expected to reach 15 visual brightness points during the dumpling. This comet is expected to be seen in 8 or 10 inch telescopes in a clear sky. According to SkyandTelescope, the chance of observing this comet is enhanced by a 12-inch telescope in a dark, moonless sky.
Borisov Comet, there is the possibility of dropping vaporized ice and dust as it passes through the Sun, which may temporarily increase the brightness of the comet. However, the comet is likely to break and break up due to the radiation of the Sun.
Astronomers believe that this object comes from far away from our solar system, based on estimates of the comet’s speed and trajectory. The speed of the object is 33 km / h, but it is expected to increase to 44 km / h during the dumpling.
The Borisov Comet is the second small object entering our solar system. The first was the mysterious object, Oumuamua, which was discovered in October 2017. Scientists will continue to observe the object to find out where this comet comes from.