Observing the first signs of gas and dust spreading on the largest comet in the universe


Astronomers in New Zealand have detected the first activity on a giant comet C/2014 UN271, which may be the largest comet discovered in recorded history, and experts saw signs of the spread of gas and dust, which is the first time they have seen an active comet since it was first observed by Dark Energy Survey.

According to the website,RT‘, the image appears C/2014 UN271 At a distance of about 19 AU (AT) From the sun, and due to the size of the comet’s nucleus, which is believed to be the largest since the discovery of the comet Hale-Bopp In 1995, it has a large mass to heat.

The object was first announced on June 19, 2021, but was initially found after experts reprocessed data from the Dark Energy Survey between 2014 and 2018..

The giant object, which is 62 to 230 miles wide and the size of a small dwarf planet, can be nearly 1,000 times the size of an ordinary comet..

It may also be the largest comet ever found in recorded history, although some have suggested that a comet Sarabat, which is more than 513,000 miles wide, is larger.

The image was taken by the Las Cumbres telescopes” (LCO) hosted by the Astronomical Observatory of South Africa, and was available on June 23 at midnight EST.

The discovery of the activity was largely due to the fact that the astronomers were in the right time zone at the right time.

Dr Michelle Bannister, from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, said in a statement: ‘The first image was obscuring the comet with the satellite line. But then, there was, for sure, a beautiful little blob of haze, not at all as clear as the stars next to it.!”.

However, astronomers say, “It will still be a telescopic object because its closest distance from the Sun will still be after Saturn.”“.

And in 2031, scientists expect it to be C/2014 UN271 At the same distance from the sun as Saturn, which would be a close approach to Earth for the first time in about 600,000 years.

The data shows that the object traveled seven astronomical units in the past year only, putting it in the 10.9 . range AT from the sun by 2031.

The statement added that LCO Create a forecast schedule for viewing C/2014 UN271, giving its global network of telescopes a “rapid response” to a new event on the comet “within 15 minutes of alerting.”“.

Tim Lister, staff scientist at LCO, there are other international projects besides the project LCO Outbursting Objects Key (LOOK) Who is watching closely C/2014 UN271

These surveys can provide alerts if a comet suddenly changes brightness, so we can operate robotic telescopes for LCO To provide us with more detailed data and a longer look at the changing comet as the survey moves to other regions of the sky.


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