LOOK: This comet is only the second known interstellar object to enter our solar system

Meet Comet Borisov (2I/Borisov), a visitor from another star that sped by us over the past few weeks. @NASAHubble was able to capture some images of it swinging by and study it, sparking other scholars’ interest and own studies. Some astronomers over at Yale commented that it was 14 times the size of Earth. This visitor made just a short stop, however, as its speed is bringing it right back out of our system.

In this photo, the comet is over 180 million miles away from Earth and will come only slightly closer in a few weeks before zipping away again into interstellar space, presumably to another star or system. Astronomers and scientists alike are all in awe of this visitor, as it’s only the second known and recorded interstellar object to have entered our system after ‘Oumuamua in 2017.

It’s amazing what’s out there! Humbling, too, in true Carl Sagan fashion, to realize how small we are compared to the vastness of the universe.

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