A spectacular video of the flight of comet Iwamoto against the background of a spiral galaxy


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A spectacular video of the flight of comet Iwamoto against the background of a spiral galaxy

NASA has published on the web a fascinating video of comet Iwamoto against the background of a spiral galaxy. A cosmic guest from the vicinity of the Kuiper belt was first recorded by astronomers at the end of 2018.

February 13, 2019 Iwamoto for the first time in more than a thousand years closer to our planet. This comet moves in a highly elliptical orbit, and it takes 1371 years to complete its journey. The last time, when this celestial body "stayed" in the inner part of the solar system, occurred around 648, and its next appearance is expected only after 1370 years.

At the time of this extremely rare astronomical event, all telescopes were directed exactly at comet Iwamoto. The US space agency shared a short video that captured the flight of a “tail traveler” against the backdrop of the spiral galaxy NGC 2903.

At the time of the shooting, the distance between Iwamoto and Earth was 10 light-minutes, while up to NGC 2903 it was a whopping 30 million light-years. Experts note that capturing a comet and a galaxy together was a great success.

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