Carbon levels in the Comet Atlas could help astronomers detect the age of other comets – Technology News, Firstpost


A team of astronomers from Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), South Korea, and the United States have suggested that the amount of carbon, or lack thereof, may indicate comets spent in the solar system.

The results of this collaborative study have been published in the scientific journal Monthly notice of the Royal Astronomical Society.

According to a report in Eureka alert, If the carbon level in the comet is low, it means that it is in close proximity to the Sun for a long time.

Viewed as Comet Atlas on March 14, 2020, image credit: Wikipedia / Martin Gambeck

The authors of the study have stated that this evidence is their study of the comet atlas that reached Earth in May 2020 and disintegrated, exhibiting a major outbreak of carbon-particles.

Reports say FEFU’s astrophysicists, Ekaterina Chornaya and Anton Kochergin joined an international team of researchers to analyze the composition of dust particles in the shell and tail of the comet atlas. According to the study’s authors, carbonaceous levels inside the comet were very high.

According to an article in Phys.org, Ekaterina Chornaya, said the Atlas was expected to be the brightest comet of 2020 that would be visible from Earth. However, instead of seeing the comet, everyone Witness to its disintegration.

According to Chornaya, fortunately, he had begun photometric and polymetric studies before the process began and was able to compare the structure of the coma (comet shell and tail) before and after dissolution.

According to Chornaya, during dissolution, they observed a dramatic increase of the positive polarization branch, corresponding to a higher concentration of carbonaceous particles.

According to a report in Spaceref, Ekaterina stated that Comet Atlas was a long-term comet, which enters the solar system once in 5,476 years. They seldom reach the sun and are, therefore, rarely subjected to heating.

The report states that researchers are interested in these celestial bodies because they contain a lot of protected primordial material that starts fading under the influence of solar radiation and allows scientists to study it.

According to Chornaya, the polar reaction of the comet atlas’ particles coincides with one of the brightest comets in Earth’s history – Comet Hell-Bop.

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