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NASA: Comet zooming through solar system may be from deep space

Could be second such comet detected

An amateur astronomer may have just discovered a comet from a different sun that is now headed toward our solar system.

Gennady Borisov spotted the object, now named C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), "rocketing through the solar system too fast for the sun's gravity to hang onto it," spaceweather.com reports.

"Too fast" is relative. In this case, experts estimate its velocity at approximately 93,000 miles per hour.

This may mark only the second time scientists have seen a space rock from a far-off system come into our solar system. The first known interstellar comet was 'Oumuamua, observed in 2017.

The object may fly near Mars next month and make its closest approach to the sun -- and to Earth -- in December before flying back out to deep space.

NASA said the object will come within 200 million miles of Earth in early December.

The maybe-comet's namesake is a veteran comet hunter who spotted the object from an observatory in Crimea using a telescope he made himself.

 

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