The NASA confirmed that largest comet ever seendiscovered thanks to the Hubble space telescope, will pass close to Earth in the next decadearound 2031.
From the American space agency, they assured that it was a celestial object, which “It has a nucleus 50 times larger than that of comets known so far”as quoted on the website of The Andes.
According to expert calculations, the estimated diameter of the comet, called ‘C/2014 UN271’, it’s almost 130 kilometersthus NASA pointed out: “The space laboratory has detected the ice core of the largest comet ever observed by man.”
Astronomers have argued that the object it’s “larger than the US state of Rhode Island”and that, with these dimensions, “the celestial colossus will pass close to our planet at the beginning of the next decade”.
An unprecedented comet
In addition to being much larger than the average comet seen so far, this specimen weighs about 500 billion tonsmore than any other similar celestial body that has passed near our solar system.
NASA scientists, with information from Hubble, determined that the comet is hurtling from one end of our system, with a speed of about more than 35 thousand 400 kilometers per hour.
On ‘C/2014 UN271’reported that its core appears to consist entirely of icesomething that was determined from a numerical model made by the University of Science and Technology of Macau.
Experts believe the giant comet originated in the Oort Cloud, a space on the outskirts of our solar system, far away from Earth. Its origin leads specialists to estimate that the comet could be about 1 million years old falling towards the Sun.
“Because the mass of our main body is so great, it attracts objects like this all the time. However, we have never had a record of such a gigantic“, they indicated from NASA, adding that to date there is no real risk of impact against the Earth.