‘Kamikaze Exocomets’

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted evidence of ‘kamikaze’ comets plummeting straight into a young star just 95-light years away from Earth.

Researchers suspect these doomed exocomets are ‘catapulted’ to their demise in the 23-million-year-old star by a mysterious Jupiter-sized planet that lurks somewhere nearby.

This phenomenon, known as ‘gravitational stirring,’ could provide insight on the ways falling comets once brought water to Earth and other planets in the ancient solar system, and thus made life possible.


(Visited 33 times, 6 visits today)