See interstellar comet Borisov on its way toward the Sun

Interstellar visitor 2I/Borisov just made its closest approach to the Sun. Here are some shots astronomers took of its journey.
By | Published: December 11, 2019 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Borisov flies near a bright background galaxy as seen from Earth in this image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on November 16, 2019, just weeks before the comet passed perihelion.
NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (UCLA)
In August, astronomers discovered interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov — a visitor from outside our solar system. On Sunday, the space rock passed its closest point to the sun, and it will makes its closest approach to Earth later this month.

In the meantime, astronomers around the world have turned their telescopes to get a good look at this interstellar visitor while it’s here.

Here are some of our favorite shots.