Space discovery: 'Mythical' interstellar ‘visitor’ set for close encounter ...

Referring to the discovery of the mysterious object, which is a rare interstellar comet, astronomer Dr Michel Drahus said: “We immediately noticed the familiar coma and tail that were not seen around ‘Oumuamua’.” In 2017 the comet, called Oumamua, came into our solar system. Dr Drahus added: “This is really cool because it means that our new visitor is one of these mythical and never-before-seen ‘real’ interstellar comets.”

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The infamous comet 21/Borisov, named after the scientist who discovered it, will come within 177,000 miles of Earth which is deemed as a "close approach".

Astronomers from Poland have analysed the comet's orbit and discovered that it has come from outside our solar system.

The Polish researchers first identified the object in September.

Astronomers Piotr Guzik and Michel Drahus of Jagiellonian University detected the comet using data codes after it was discovered by Gennadiy Borisov on August 30.

Interstellar cometInterstellar comet (Image: GETTY)

Interstellar cometInterstellar comet (Image: GETTY)

Dr Guzik said: “This code was written specifically for this purpose, and we really hoped to receive this message one day.

“We only didn’t know when.”

Mr Guzik continued: “Make of that what you will, but based on these initial characteristics, this object appears indistinguishable from the native Solar System comets.

“The comet is still emerging from the Sun’s morning glare and growing in brightness.

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