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 Interstellarer Komet Borisov infographic
Grafik zeigt Details zum Komet 2I/Borisov und seine Flugbahn durch unser Sonnensystem.


Ankunft eines interstellaren Objekts, der Komet 2I/Borisov

November 20, 2019 - Der interstellare Komet C/2019, mit Namen 2I/Borisov nach seinem Entdecker Gennadiy Borisov, wird sich im Dezember 2019 der Sonne und Erde mit nur 300 Millionen Kilometern Abstand nähern.

2I/Borisov is an interstellar comet, meaning that it came from outside our solar system. It is the first such comet ever observed, and only the second interstellar object of any kind, after the asteroid-like ‘Oumuamua.

The comet was discovered by amateur astronomer Gennadiy Borisov on August 30, 2019, using a 25.6-inch (0.65-metre) telescope that he designed and built specifically to hunt for small, faint objects.

The comet will be much too dim to see without a telescope, and it will be a challenge even in fairly large amateur instruments. Its maximum brightness is currently predicted to be only magnitude 15, about as faint as Pluto.

PUBLISHED: 20/11/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: NASA/JPL