A robotic telescope from Russia has discovered a new comet in the Oort Cloud.
Russian astrophysicists have discovered a new comet in the Oort cloud beyond the orbit of Jupiter. It was named C / 2021 K2 (MASTER). The discovery was made by the MSU MASTER robotic telescope, installed at the Sutherland Observatory in South Africa. Earlier, a network of telescopes recorded four more comets. Researchers believe MASTER will help researchers study black holes and space.
Scientists from the Sternberg State Astronomical Institute (GAISh) at Moscow State University have discovered a new comet in the Oort cloud beyond the orbit of Jupiter. This was reported by the press service of the Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov.
The Russian telescope-robot of the Global Network MASTER MSU, installed at the Sutherland Observatory in South Africa, while conducting a planned survey of the heavenly space, automatically discovered a new comet. It was named M5ZmKt1 / C / 2021 K2 (MASTER).
The global network of robotic telescopes MASTER MSU was created by specialists from Moscow State University to discover and study the processes accompanying the formation of black holes and neutron stars – gamma-ray bursts.
“Some special black holes do not immediately take the form of a supernova, but slow down the moment of their collapse and allow you to admire their transformation. In the study of this process, the MASTER system is the most unique in the world ”, – Vladimir Lipunov.
The global network of robotic telescopes MASTER has been developing under the leadership of Professor Lipunov since 2002. C / 2021 K2 (MASTER) is the fifth comet to be discovered by a network of telescopes. The previous one – C / 2020 F5 (MASTER) – was discovered a year ago.
“These comets are in the Oort cloud. They are very far from Earth, and their period of revolution around the Sun is usually hundreds of thousands of years. This comet has a period of 5 thousand years, which is comparable to the age of our civilization. It’s funny that it changed its orbit in such a way that it was visible to people even at the time of the birth of Ancient Rome, ”said Vladimir Lipunov, head of the space monitoring laboratory at Moscow State University.