Researchers spotted a celestial object that gave off eerily away from the sun – like a comet – during a long road trip through our solar system that could end in interstellar space, according to NASA.
The object temporarily circles the sun in a group of ancient asteroids called Trojans, which are trapped by Jupiter’s gravity and move along the planet. New images from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the cosmic intruder in its temporary parking spot, happily spewing gas into space despite its great distance from the sun.
The simulations suggest that the object originated in the Kuiper Ice Belt beyond Neptune, then approached the sun from a “bucket brigade” of comets launched into a region between Jupiter and Neptune. The object, called “Centaur”, will only stay near Jupiter for a few years before the planet takes it out of the Troy zone and forces the degassed object towards the sun, for new adventures.
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