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It’s been made official. We will have our second confirmed-and as well – cared for by a visitor.
The International Astronomical Union, confirmed that the object is formally known as C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) it is, indeed, a solar-energy system, which is the real name of the 21/Borisov on Tuesday. This will be the second-ever object outside of our solar system, the next Ouamuamua the discovery, in October 2017.
“The track is now sufficiently well known, and the subject, it is unambiguously inter-stellar in origin; it is the final note of the second inter-stellar” object, 2I,” the IAU wrote in a statement. In this case, the IAU has decided to follow the tradition of naming a cometary objects after their discoverers, that the object has been named 2I/Borisov.”
Be the first comet from our solar system, as has been observed by the Gemini Observatory. The image of the unknown object, which is called 2I/Borisov, was obtained on the night of Sept. 9, the use of the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph at the Gemini North Telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea. (Credit: IAU)
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21/Borisov, was discovered on Aug. 30, by astronomer Gennady Borisov, and, in contrast to its predecessor, the Ouamuamua, it will be visible for a longer period of time. It’s probably a comet, because of the short tail, and a “fuzzy” appearance, a description of the back-up was created by NASA JPL, researcher, Davide Farnocchia.
“The comet’s speed is very high, 93,000 speed of about 150,000 mph, which is well above the typical speeds of objects in orbit around the Sun, at that distance,” he said Farnocchia, in a statement posted on NASA’s web site on Sept. 12. “The high-speed means that the object is likely to originate from outside our solar system, but also to exit and return to the interstellar medium.”
Earlier this month, NASA’s JPL, said: “a 21/Borisov is roughly 260 million miles from the Sun, and will reach its closest point, or perihelion, on Jan. 8, 2019, when it will be within 190 million km from the Sun.
It is still unclear as to what Oumuamua is, although there are several theories, including one from Harvard, and a researcher at the University’s Avi Loeb, that it’s an alien lightsail.
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The discovery of 21/Borisov raises new questions, IAU stated, including the reason why the inter-stellar objects that were not previously identified, and their expected frequency of occurrence in the innermost part of the solar system, and how do they compare with similar bodies in the solar system.
“A large telescope surveys are well suited to scan large fractions of the sky on a regular basis, it can help to have answers to these questions, and more, in the not too distant future,” IAU said on its web site.
Scientists have recently theorized that the 21/Borisov could be intercepted with the help of technology, and is being studied in order to determine the number of components, such as the question of whether it was a comet or an asteroid. The experts also noted that it could be studied to see what materials, if any, it has to be picked up by other solar systems.
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