Swift Mission Observed Water from Interstellar Comet Borisov – Astrobiology

For the first time, NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory tracked water loss from an interstellar comet as it approached and rounded the Sun. The object, 2I/Borisov, traveled through the solar system in late 2019.

“Borisov doesn’t fit neatly into any class of solar system comets, but it also doesn’t stand out exceptionally from them,” said Zexi Xing, a graduate student at the University of Hong Kong and Auburn University in Alabama who led the research. “There are known comets that share at least one of its properties.”

 

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Source: astrobiology.com/2020/04/swift-mission-observed-water-from-interstellar-comet-borisov.html

For the first time, NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory tracked water loss from an interstellar comet as it approached and rounded the Sun. The object, 2I/Borisov, traveled through the solar system in late 2019. “Borisov doesn’t fit neatly into any class of solar system comets, but it also doesn’t stand Continue Reading