The Hubble Space Telescope just captured a new image of the first known interstellar comet as it speeds towards our Sun. The comet named 2I/Borisov is an ancient ball of ice, rock and dust that formed in a distant star system. Scientists are clamoring to study this frozen time capsule shrouded in mystery, looking for clues of what may lie beyond our solar system.
Chat with Hubble scientists from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 13th, to learn about the out-of-this-solar-system discovery, find out what this comet can teach us about what lies beyond our own solar system and learn how your viewers may be able to see this interstellar visitor for themselves.
This comet is the second confirmed interstellar object visiting our solar system, and likely the first interstellar comet ever discovered. Scientists are taking advantage of this fleeting opportunity to observe this ancient ball of ice and dust before it departs our solar system forever.
Suggested Questions Can you show us the latest images of this new comet? How do we know it didn’t come from our solar system? How can we see this comet for ourselves? Next year Hubble will be celebrating its 30th birthday! How’s it doing? Where can we learn more about this image and the Hubble Space Telescope?
Bonus Questions What are scientists hoping to learn from this interstellar visitor? What other comets has Hubble looked at? What’s the difference between an asteroid and a comet? What makes Borisov different from other comets we’ve observed? Why are you excited about this new discovery?
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