This is another huge comet discovery… But this one is even larger! The comet is so big, it might actually be a minor planet.
The object is named 2014 UN271. Astronomers Pedro Bernardinelli and Gary Bernstein found it in archival images from the Dark Energy Survey. It appears to be about 100 km wide, 2 or 3 times bigger than record-breaking Comet Hale-Bopp of the 1990s.
Since our announcement of 2014 UN271 got some traction, let me say a few words about its discovery and what we know so far. Here’s the MPEC:https://t.co/d98XBmG1mT pic.twitter.com/v39vkH8VFU
— Dr. Pedro Bernardinelli (@phbernardinelli) June 20, 2021
Although 2014 UN271 is falling toward the sun, we may never see it with our naked eyes. At closest approach in early 2031, the behemoth comet will be just outside the orbit of Saturn, too far for naked-eye viewing. Some astronomers are estimating a maximum brightness near magnitude +17, about the same as Pluto’s moon Charon.
It’s still an amazing discovery. 2014 UN271 has an extremely elongated orbit stretching from ~the neighborhood of Saturn out to a staggering distance of almost a light year.
2014 UN271 is a large comet, possibly as large as a dwarf planet. It is falling into our planetary region from the Oort Cloud. It will reach 10.1 AU, slightly farther than Saturn, in 2031.https://t.co/gbjOAK1Kd4 pic.twitter.com/QWPOglkYCq
— Tony Dunn (@tony873004) June 21, 2021
At the far reaches of its orbit, 2014 UN271 barely feels the sun’s gravity and could be snatched out of the Solar System altogether by the ephemeral pull of galactic tides. Discovering such a traveler during its brief time among the planets is very lucky indeed.
There is talk of a space mission to intercept 2014 UN271. The European Space Agency is building a probe called Comet Interceptor designed to investigate comets coming from deep space. It, or something like it, might be able to visit 2014 UN271 a decade from now.
With an object like this, we have to expect surprises. 2014 UN271 certainly poses no threat to Earth, but it could brighten more (or less) than expected.
Multiple groups of astronomers have already detected signs of out-gassing even though 2014 UN271 is still beyond Uranus. Early signs of activity may bode well for future visibility through small telescopes if not the unaided eye.
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A huge icy flying gravel bank the size of a small planet. Wow, what a discovery. Good job Dr. Pedro Bernardinelli.
Where’s the Wormwood / Niburu guy? I am sure he will have something to say.
Could be a portent? We are experiencing a communist satanist overthrow by the globalist demonic monsters.
Here ya go. More openly satanic abominations.
It would be better if this mega comet fell to Earth, maybe the gravity of large planets will change its orbit and it will fly up to Earth. There are many more such objects.