Earlier in September, a respected institution announced that amateur astronomers had spotted the second interstellar object which was observed in our solar system. The announcement has been confirmed by a fresh image which allows everyone to take a look at the spectacular object.
An amateur astronomer was the first to spot the elusive object which has been classified with the temporary name of Comet C/2019 Q4 (also known as Borisov) near the end of August. Ulterior investigations infer that the object pursues a hyperbolic object, which means that the speed at which it moves is high enough to allow to escape the gravitational pull of the solar system.
It is an exceptional discovery since it allows researchers to compare the data collected from observations with the information provided by the passage of Oumuamua, the first interstellar object which was observed with the boundaries of our solar system.
NASA Confirmed The New Comet C/2019 Q4 As The Second Interstellar Visitor, Besides Oumuamua
A team of astronomers from NASA employed the help of the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph instrument, which is located in Hawaii, to record an image of the object on September 10. The task was more difficult than it was expected, but the image was showcased with the help of a press release.
While further research is needed at this point, it is likely that C/2019 Q4 will attain interstellar status, officially becoming the second interstellar object observed in our system. In 2017 Oumuamua sparked several controversies among the scientific community as the researchers were puzzled by strange traits of the object.
Some astronomers are already striving to track down differences and similarities between the two objects. The second interstellar visitor, Comet c/2019 Q4, is at a close distance to the sun, a position which makes it hard to spot. Further images will be recorded and shared in the future as the interest will continue to grow. At this point there, the amount of information is quite limited as researchers try to gather more data.