Astronomers Confirm a Gargantuan Comet

With the James Webb Telescope hot on its heels, the good old Hubble Space Telescope still delivers. Recently, a the venerable telescope has confirmed the discovery of a  comet that is 85  miles wide — that’s 50 times bigger than the largest known comet. Here’s more from Science Alert:

However, that freakishly large size – or rather the apparent weirdness of it – might say more about us and our limited conception of comets than it does about anything else.

C/2014 UN271 hails from the Oort Cloud: a gigantic, spherical scattering of icy objects proposed to surround the Sun at the deepest and most distant stretches of our Solar System (so far away, in fact, it’s thought to extend at least a quarter of the way towards the next nearest star system, Alpha Centauri).

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