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Is Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov Breaking Up?

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Is the Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov Breaking Up?

New observations of the interstellar comet have revealed that it’s fragmenting.


The interstellar comet 2I/Borisov, discovered on its way into the solar system in 2019, began shedding chunks in late March — more than three months after its closest approach to the Sun on December 8th.

Recent observations show that the center of Comet Borisov appears to have split: On March 23rd, 28th, and 30th, images recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope show that the comet’s core changed from a single bright spot into an elongated area, where two unresolved objects lie about 180 kilometers (112 miles) apart.

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