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Manwon Lender

Lucky Encounter: Solar Orbiter Spacecraft Flies Through the Tail of a Disintegrated Comet

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Manwon Lender

A serendipitous flythrough of the tail of a disintegrated comet has offered scientists a unique opportunity to study these remarkable structures, in new research presented today at the National Astronomy Meeting 2021.

Comet ATLAS fragmented just before its closest approach to the Sun last year, leaving its former tail trailing through space in the form of wispy clouds of dust and charged particles. The disintegration was observed by the Hubble Space Telescope in April 2020, but more recently the ESA spacecraft Solar Orbiter has flown close to the tail remnants in the course of its ongoing mission.

https://scitechdaily.com/lucky-encounter-solar-orbiter-spacecraft-flies-through-the-tail-of-a-disintegrated-comet/

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