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Hubble telescope spots farthest active inbound comet

Hubble telescope spots farthest active inbound comet

Los Angeles: The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the farthest active inbound comet ever seen, at a whopping distance of over 2.4 billion kilometres from the Sun.

Slightly warmed by the Sun, it has already begun to develop a fuzzy cloud of dust over 100,000 kilometres wide, called a coma, enveloping a tiny, solid nucleus of frozen gas and dust.

These observations represent the earliest signs of activity ever seen from a comet entering the solar system’s planetary zone for the first time.

Los Angeles: The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the farthest active inbound comet ever seen, at a whopping distance of over 2.4 billion kilometres from the Sun.

Slightly warmed by the Sun, it has already begun to develop a fuzzy cloud of dust over 100,000 kilometres wide, called a coma, enveloping a tiny, solid nucleus of frozen gas and dust.

These observations represent the earliest signs of activity ever seen from a comet entering the solar system’s planetary zone for the first time.

PTI