Amateur astronomer from the Crimea made an incredible discovery on the edge of the Solar system
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The object classified as the comet and received the name of C/2019 Q4 (Borisov)
Ukrainian Amateur astronomer from the Crimea Gennady Borisov discovered an object outside of our Solar system, which is rapidly sent straight to us. The object was classified as a comet, seen by the astronomer on 30 August, and until recently, wore a temporary name GB00234. After observations from several other observatories over the past few weeks, organization is “minor planet Center” (Minor Planet Center, MPC) gave the official name of comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov).
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Scientists calm – the risk of collision with the Ground there. From the beginning the comet’s orbit seemed unusual: she seems to be followed by the so-called hyperbolic trajectory, which means that it does not revolve around the Sun and probably comes from outside our Solar system. Orbit of comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) has an incredibly high eccentricity of about 3, whereas in the past the alien asteroid Omwamwi this value was 1.2.
Comets, and other bodies of the Solar system tend to move in elliptical orbits with eccentricity less than 1. The value of eccentricity “3” means that the object is “in transit”, and this is the first in the history of the observation object in the Solar system with such high value.
This comet is still far away, but incredible speed would allow her to reach perihelion (closest distance to the Sun) on 10 December 2019. The early discovery and plenty of time will help scientists prepare for study – such luxury to astronomers with Omwamwi was not, as discovered he was too late.
The curved green line going from top to bottom, this is the orbit interstellar object with eccentricity equal to 3
We will remind that earlier in the Solar system happened space accident – a comet crashed into the Sun. And recently on Jupiter recorded a mysterious explosion of incredible power.
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