Big bang from icy volcanic comet detected in solar system

An artist’s impression of a comet flying through space, followed by twin streams of gas and dust. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

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A bizarre volcanic comet exploded violently, spewing more than 1 million tons of gas, ice, and “potential life building blocks” onto Earth. solar system.

Known as 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann (29P), the volatile comet is about 37 miles (60 kilometers) wide and completes its orbit in about 14.9 years. sun. 29P is believed to be the most volcanically active comet in the solar system. One of about 100 comets known as “centaurs” pushed out of the Kuiper Belt – a ring of icy comets that lurk beyond. Neptune – to a closer orbit among those around the sun Jupiter and by Neptune NASA (opens in new tab).

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