On August 30, amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov spotted a comet of extrasolar origin passing through our Solar System.
This is the second time in as many years that an interstellar object has been observed (the last being ‘Oumuamua 2.0 in 2017).
Thanks to the Gemini Observatory, we now have pictures of this comet, making it the first object of its kind to be successfully imaged in multiple colors!
The first-ever comet from beyond our Solar System has been successfully imaged by the Gemini Observatory in multiple colors.
The image of the newly discovered object, denoted C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), was obtained on the night of 9-10 September using the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph on the Gemini North Telescope on Hawaii’s Maunakea.
Yes, the first images have started coming in of that new interstellar comet… And they are out-of-this-world.