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Huge Incoming Comet Spotted by Hubble Beyond Saturn's Orbit (+Video)

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A huge comet has been journeying for millions of years toward the heart of our planetary system.

Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the farthest active inbound comet ever seen, at a whopping distance of 1.5 billion miles from the Sun (beyond Saturn’s orbit).


Slightly warmed by the remote Sun, it has already begun to develop an 80,000-mile-wide fuzzy cloud of dust, called a coma, enveloping a solid nucleus of frozen gas and dust. These observations represent the earliest signs of activity ever seen from a comet entering the solar system’s planetary zone for the first time.

The comet, called C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) or “K2″, has been travelling for millions of years from its home in the frigid outer reaches of the solar system, where the temperature is about minus 440 degrees Fahrenheit. The comet’s orbit indicates that it came from the Oort Cloud, a spherical region almost a light-year in diameter and thought to contain hundreds of billions of comets. 

K2 was discovered in May 2017 by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Hawaii, a survey project of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations Program. Astronomers used Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 at the end of June to take a closer look at the icy visitor.

Hubble’s sharp “eye” revealed the extent of the coma and also helped Jewitt estimate the size of the nucleus — less than 12 miles across — though the tenuous coma is 10 Earth diameters across.

This vast coma must have formed when the comet was even farther away from the Sun. K2 had a coma already at 2 billion miles from the Sun, when it was between the orbits of Uranus and Neptune. It was already active and it has been continuously active coming in. As it approaches the Sun, it’s getting warmer and warmer, and the activity is ramping up according to researchers.

Astronomers will have plenty of time to conduct detailed studies of K2. For the next five years, the comet will continue its journey into the inner solar system before it reaches its closest approach to the Sun in 2022 just beyond Mars’ orbit.

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The team’s results appeared in the September 28 issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Clips, images credit: NASA/HUBBLE, ESA & ESO


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    • jdpent01

      jdp…Its in God’s plan to show us amazing heavenly events before the END OF TIME, by doing this he shows his awesome power that he is in control not man, man can’t control on earth the oceans, clouds, he thinks he has weathers modification and control, No, if he did no hurricanes would hurt the country and he could turn rain, snow on or off at will, anywhere in the USA, MEN WHO NOT CREDIT GOD the creator and sustainer of our universe are delusional and the they what God there are many they say but not true the Bible God’s word has never been proven wrong why because God can’t lie if he could the he would not be the Suzerain. Many false gods came about after fallen angels married the daughters of men in Noah’s time and had offspring that were a hybrid half human half angel this unholy union Almighty God did not want, these offspring became giants of the land to which we find today their bones of 10, 20-36 feet in size and heads 3 – 4 times bigger. These fallen angels came with Satan when he got kicked out of heaven down to the Earth. these offspring also called Nephilim,because of their former access to heaven they had powers we call supernatural and were seen as gods in ancient times for which to day we still have religions based on them, Hindu, Buddha,moon god Allah, and many others. None of these gods ever died for covering the Sin of man with his own blood, None only Jesus God’s only son did Jesus ‘The Christ’, who was the Word of God came being manifested as a man called Jesus born of the virgin Mary. One who did not seek for himself fame or riches, but gave to all life the only one where God the father said ‘This is my beloved son, hear ye him’ now the leaders of his day Sadducee and Pharisees thought he was doing the work of Beelzebub and would not accept him. but TODAY YOU CAN ACCEPT HIM AS LORD AND SAVIOR, calling upon his holy name by being Baptized immersed in water calling the Lord to wash away your Sins and become a new creature in Christ. If you don’t want to be under the wrath that coming on the world then you must be saved. While not having any Sin of his own Jesus was baptized for the sins of the world thereby giving all an opportunity to be like him free from Sin and added to the body of Christ his church. Time is very short, how short no one knows but you must be ready at any moment so when he come your ready to meet him in the air,if your not ready when he comes it will be too late. You see those who love the World don’t love Christ the are opposed to him and all he stands for righteousness, holiness, peace, anf his followers will follow his voice [come up here] and be forever more with him in heaven. So get baptized

      • Anonymous

        God, schmod.

        “God wants peace.

        God wants more.

        God wants famine.

        God wants chain stores”. Roger Waters from “Amused To Death”. :cool:

        • Anonymous

          “God wants war”. Sorry for the typo.

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