The Hubble Telescope documents a comet’s death. Disintegration of 55 objects


The newly discovered comet Atlas did not reach perihelion or the closest approach to the sun, nor did it even pass into Earth’s orbit, however, it began to crash.

The Hubble Space Telescope monitors the last moments of the death of the scientifically named comet (Comet C / 2019 Y4 ATLAS), which was discovered in December last year.

In the pictures taken on April 20 and April 23, the Hubble Telescope captured images of 55 parts of the comet’s parts, taking 30 and 25 parts of the comet, respectively, heading together in a group toward the inner solar system.

A report published on the telescope’s website, on Monday, says that the individual pieces of parts of the comet appear from 145 million kilometers (90 million miles) across to a width of 200 meters (650 feet), like the size of the house.

The report explains that these pieces can provide evidence of the mechanism underlying the fragmentation of these changing parts of ice and rocks, a process researchers still need to understand.

The researchers believe that the reason why with the comet approaching the sun, this led to the release of gas, and when those gases leave the comet, it can act as a type of aircraft, causing the comet to spin, and if this spin becomes fast enough, the forces of gravity can exceed the force The physicality of the nucleus is to the extent that the comet and fragments are divided under pressure.

“Further Hubble data analysis may be able to show whether this mechanism is responsible or not,” says astronomer David Jewett from the University of California.

He added: “We will also have more opportunities to study the shattered comet, which is still on a contained path, within the orbit of Mars, and has not yet passed the Earth’s orbit, and at its current speed, it will be 115 million kilometers (71 million miles) from Earth on May 23.” /May”.


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