Some snaps of Comet 2I/Borisov with measured magnitude at +17.1 (gradually brightening)!
This rocky visitor may still ring new to anyone’s ears, since it was only recently discovered on August 30 by Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov, but it is not a comet to be taken lightly.
To date, it is the second known interstellar object to have visited our Solar System. The first one was the Comet Oumuamua spotted in the same month two years ago.
Comet 2I/Borisov, which exhibits a faint and fuzzy coma similar to the ones found in the Oort cloud, is expected to accelerate to 44km/s at perihelion on December 8.
The comet’s size remains uncertain, but its nucleus size is estimated to be between two to 16 kilometers!
The images are taken last October 11 using the following instruments:
✔️Meade LX850 16″ SCT
You can find Comet 2I/Borisov center marked in the photos. The second image is a false-colored one taken by Aldrin B. Gabuya.