A recent discovery by the astronomical community suggests that a comet larger than the Moon and Mars is heading towards Earth. about that Cometa Bernardinelli – Bernstein, Bears that name after the surnames of its inventors, which are a thousand times larger in diameter than the average number of comets previously discovered.
According to scientists from the International Program for the Study of Dark Energy (Dark Energy Survey), the comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein is 160 kilometers in diameter and is called the “megachomet”.
A fact that can act as a parameter: the prestigious National Geographic magazine referred to it as the largest comet hale-pop ever discovered, and in 1997 was called the “Large Comet” due to its diameter.
According to the Astronomical Society, the “Great Comet” is larger than the Bernardinelli-Bernstein Moon and Mars. He travels to Earth, and as his career progresses he will be seen in photographs taken from Planet Earth, with a comet, a tail and a comma.
Renowned astronomer and science journalist Will Gator posted a map on his Twitter account to help understand the size of the comet.
His visit to the solar system
According to current research, the comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein may arrive in the solar system in 2031. Currently it is located at 10.9 astronomical units from the Sun, an astronomical unit the distance between the Sun and the Earth.
Experts believe that the comet will rub against Saturn before it decomposes due to the heat of the sun. Its arrival in the solar system could trigger a galaxy view, for which it would have to wait another 6,000 centuries for it to return.
One of the greatest inventions of the astronomical community
As the press reports National GeographicThe comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein is one of the greatest inventions of the astronomical community in the 21st century.
Astronomer Pedro Bernardinelli observed the comet while preparing for his doctoral study of trans-Neptune objects (TNOs), giant rocks orbiting the sun.
The farthest point of the comet from the Bernardinelli Sun contains tens of thousands of astronomical units from the Sun, but often hundreds, not like Trans-Neptuneian objects.
“Scientists have not been able to determine what will happen, which is why its motion is constantly monitored using Dark Energy Survey technology.
One of the highlights of this event is the comet’s nucleus, the frozen rock that inhabits its interior. It is 60 to 120 miles (100 and 200 kilometers) wide. This data explains the brightness of the object and its distance from the sun.