The Hubble space telescope did not rest during the 30th anniversary celebration. Instead, it observed the fragment of comet C / 2019 Y4 (ATLAS) in at least 30 parts.
Last December the asteroid terrestrial impact last alert system discovered this comet, and Astronomers soon realized that there could be a show that hadn’t been seen in decades. It would be the brightest comet since Hale-Bopp in 1997. But the comet started break into pieces when it approached the earth like this We have to be satisfied with the enjoyment these Hubble images instead.
Astronomers calculated an orbit of 6,000 years for C / 2019 Y4. Hadn’t broken it would have been visible to them naked eye right now. But in March it brightened much faster than scientists expected when it got closer to the sun. let go volatile elements with low boiling points when heated. April 6 astronomers discovered evidence that the comet had suddenly stopped producing dust and another team confirmed that it had broken in several pieces until April 11th and 12th.
W.We couldn’t see these dramatic events, but Hubble could. T.Two teams of astronomers, one led by David Jewitt from UCLA and the other by Quanzhi Ye from the University of Maryland. managed to capture the breakup in Hubble Pictures taken on April 20 and 23.
Astronomers are not entirely sure what causes these fragmentation events. Perhaps it is the power of the emitted gases that cause the comets Turning the core and breaking apart. Jewitt said that further analysis of the data could possibly confirm or rule out whether this outgassing is the cause of the Comet to part after a Hubble Press release. T.The pictures are in incredibly high resolution, capture fragments up to the size of a house.
The comet is currently passing Mars and will come closest to Earth on May 23rd. It stinks that we don’t Get the incredible show we were hoping for bBut maybe we’ll get some cool telescope pictures as a consolation price.