Hubble Uncovers the Farthest Active Inbound Comet Yet Seen (Video)

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Duration: 3 minutes, 32 seconds

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observed the farthest-discovered active inbound comet, Comet K2. K2 came from the distant Oort Cloud and is visiting our inner solar system for the first (and only) time. Since we’re seeing it so far away, past the orbit of Saturn, K2 is still in its early phase of activity, likely making it the most primitive comet anyone has ever seen.


Tags
Comets, Hubble Telescope, Small Solar System Bodies, Solar System

Credits

Video: NASA, STScI, and Goddard Space Flight Center/K. Jackson;
Music: “Space Cake” by Donn Wilerson [BMI] and Lance Sumner [BMI]; Killer Tracks BMI; Killer Tracks Production Music.

Publication: September 28, 2017


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