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Second interstellar object observed by astronomers

Second interstellar object observed by astronomers
The Siliconreview
26 September, 2019

In a recent observation by astronomers, an interstellar object was spotted streaking across the skies. This is the second object from outside the solar system to be spotted from the earth’s surface. Astronomers have come to the conclusion that this unidentified object is a comet due to its fuzzy appearance. Named 2I/Borisov by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet System, the comet has a hyperbolic orbit and will come 190 million miles close to the earth’s surface on eighth of December.

"The orbit is now sufficiently well known, and the object is unambiguously interstellar in origin. The comet's current velocity is high, about 93,000 mph, which is well above the typical velocities of objects orbiting the Sun at that distance. The high velocity indicates not only that the object likely originated outside our solar system but also that it will leave and head back to interstellar space," were some of the statements included by DavideFarnocchia from NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.

Astronomers also reported that the comet will be at its brightest in December 2019 and will continue to lose its brightness till April 2020 after which it will only be visible with advanced, high-end telescopes. Presently, the comet is making its way into the center of the solar system towards the sun.