Comet 29P is part of a group of comets called the Centaurs which orbit between Saturn and Jupiter. Besides being one of the largest known comets at 37 miles across, it’s the second most active body in our Solar System after Jupiter’s mighty moon Io. The eruptions on Comet 29P are unpredictable and securing telescope time to do systematic monitoring is difficult.
Contributor and EU advocate, Gareth Samuel, host of “See the Pattern”, deconstructs the strange features of Comet 29P and uses data from amateur astronomers who bring out their telescopes whenever required and observe whenever they choose.
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