The interstellar comet 2l Borisov will pass 180 million miles from our planet, marking the nearest approach. Such a procession is being welcomed eagerly by a species only just tapping on the door of interstellar research and keen for news out there. Humanity’s most far artifacts, the two Voyager spacecraft, recently smashed the magnetic balloon that shuts off the solar system from the rest of the galaxy.
Meantime, a team of researchers and engineers are working on a courageous project, dubbed Breakthrough Starshot, to send a fleet of butterfly-sized probes to Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Milky Way.
Back to Interstellar stuff, two years ago, astronomers identified an interstellar space object named Oumuamua traveling through the solar system. It resulted in excitement, proposing talk of alien probes until the next research demonstrated that it was for sure a comet with no tail.
Interstellar Comet 2l Borisov Will Finally Whiz By Earth
Currently, 2I Borisov made astronomers shivering again, prepared to follow its outbound run with their telescopes. Moreover, Oumuamua and Borisov predict well the development of a new telescope the US National Science Foundation is developing in Chile, named the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. The telescope will clear the whole sky every few days, shooting a movie of the universe.
Borisov, in contrast, is exciting and fascinating, growing a typically thick, bright tail. Like a comet, it would be completely normal if not for its origin. As Gregory Laughlin, a Yale astronomer, stated: “Nothing about Borisov is weird. With Oumuamua, everything was weird.”
Borisov looked from the start as a comet, engulfed in a bubble of gas, which is what activated Gennady Borisov to identify it so fast. The comet is assumed to reach a maximum brightness of almost magnitude 15 around 20 December, but it could differentiate, according to Quanzhi Ye, an astronomer at the University of Maryland.