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Comet 2I/Borisov and Distant Galaxy in November 2019

Comet 2I/Borisov and Distant Galaxy in November 2019


Date: 12 December 2019
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Comet 2I/Borisov
Copyright: NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (UCLA) , CC BY 4.0

Comet 2I/Borisov is only the second interstellar object known to have passed through our Solar System. In this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the comet appears in front of a distant background spiral galaxy.

The galaxy's bright central core is smeared in the image because Hubble was tracking the comet. Borisov was approximately 326 million kilometres from Earth in this exposure. Its tail of ejected dust streaks off to the upper right.

 
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Last Update: 12 December 2019
28-Jan-2020 22:17 UT

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