New composite image by Travis Rector captures first-ever interstellar comet
by Michelle Saport |
A new composite image created by UAA professor Travis Rector, using data from the Gemini Observatory, captures the first recorded interstellar comet. The image of the newly discovered object, denoted C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), was obtained using the Gemini North Telescope on Hawaii's Maunakea. Since its discovery, Comet Borisov - only the second visitor from beyond our solar system to ever be detected - has been featured in Forbes, CNN and National Geographic.