‘Bigger than Rhode Island’: NASA on largest comet ever spotted. See photos1 min read . Updated: 13 Apr 2022, 09:57 PM IST
- First spotted in 2010, the largest comet - C/2014 UN271- is headed toward Earth at 22,000 miles per hour from the edge of the solar system.
C/2014 UN271, the largest comet ever seen by astronomers, has an estimated diameter of approximately 80 miles, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has confirmed adding that “it is larger than the U.S. state of Rhode Island." The nucleus is about 50 times larger than that found at the heart of the most known comets and its mass is estimated to be 500 trillion tons, a hundred thousand times bigger than the mass of a typical comet.
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