Flyby Comet Was MUCH Bigger Than Thought

Flyby Comet Was MUCH Bigger Than Thought
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Comets can be tricky. These interplanetary vagabonds often appear from the furthest-most reaches of the solar system, popping-up unexpectedly in surveys for near-Earth objects (NEOs). Also, they may not even resemble a comet as they’re still in deep freeze, not producing their trademark fuzzy coma and tail produced by sublimating ices. Oh, and often it can be hard to measure their size until they make a close pass of our planet. And sometimes they can give us a fright. Enter P/2016 BA14, a comet that was first detected as an asteroid by the University of Hawaii’s PanSTARRS telescope in January and then re-identified as a comet by the Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory in Arizona. …

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