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A bit on topic someone help me out here a bit.

We haven't seen a comet with this type of composition before in our solar system correct? However, we have seen this type of composition on other planets and moons around Jupiter and such and seen massive, light years in size clouds of the stuff before, right?

That would imply one of three things: That this comet is an exo-comet that has gotten trapped in the Sun's gravity. It's a fragment of an ancient planetary collision. Or it's an Oort cloud object that up until very recently had it's orbit disturbed and took off toward the inner solar system.


1 is exciting because they may be able to track it back to it's star of origin
2 is exciting because it would provide more info on how our solar system came about
3 is exciting because it would provide much needed info on the Oort Cloud

Is that about right?
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I was baked and confused... the reason they can observe both wave and particle states is because it's a new way of observing it. lol I'm such an idiot.
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A bit on topic someone help me out here a bit.

We haven't seen a comet with this type of composition before in our solar system correct? However, we have seen this type of composition on other planets and moons around Jupiter and such and seen massive, light years in size clouds of the stuff before, right?

That would imply one of three things: That this comet is an exo-comet that has gotten trapped in the Sun's gravity. It's a fragment of an ancient planetary collision. Or it's an Oort cloud object that up until very recently had it's orbit disturbed and took off toward the inner solar system.


1 is exciting because they may be able to track it back to it's star of origin
2 is exciting because it would provide more info on how our solar system came about
3 is exciting because it would provide much needed info on the Oort Cloud

Is that about right?


Well, as far as I know I haven't seen or read anything that suggests where the comet is actually from. I do know that Hale-Bopp was thought to be possibly an interstellar visitor, but I don't know where that led.

We don't really know much about the Oort cloud... even Voyager isn't anywhere near it.

I think it's exciting that the more we actually observe... the ingredients for life would seem to be very common across the universe, and more data keeps showing up to confirm this.
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