It’s challenging being in an odd and new environment, even for space objects, such as comets. Interstellar comet Borisov might suffer some outflows triggered by its wat of flying through our Solar System and past our host star, according to recent observations.
The comet, also known as Borisov, was first detected back in August 2019. Further observations of the comet succeeded to determine its trajectory. Scientists concluded that Borisov has an irregular path, and it could have come from beyond our Solar System and was only passing us.
However, recent observations displayed something quite peculiar about the comet. Something odd is happening, and scientists try their best to find out what exactly.
Interstellar Comet Borisov’s Recent Behavior Explained
Borisov’s latest observations indicated that an ongoing nucleus fragmentation strongly influences its behavior. Such a thing would be caused by the comet’s approach toward our host star. Scientists believe that the possibility existed since Borisov’s close path toward the Sun back in December 2019. Borisov resembles the other comets’ structure and behavior. The space object is a block of icy debris, so flying by the Sun causes interactions with that ice.
When it was discovered, Borisov caught quite the attention due to its structure and behavior. Unlike, Oumuamua – the first interstellar object that scientists detected – astronomers examined Borisov for more than a year. They observed and analyzed the comet’s path and journey carefully through our Solar System.
Last year, the first color image of Borisov had been released by astronomers using the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph from Hawaii’s Mauna Kea. The colored photo allowed astronomers to detect the interstellar comet’s tail, which the result of gases flowing off its ground. Borisov’s tail is so unique and is the second to be observed. Oumuamua, the first observed space rock coming from outside the Solar System, didn’t show any gases flowing from its surface.