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The mysterious comet K2 continues to amaze scientists

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Comet K2, one of the most distant “active” comets ever discovered, is flying past our planet this week on its first-ever journey from the farthest corners of the solar system to the sun. Astronomers watch the enigmatic ice ball in awe, making new and often unexpected discoveries every step of the way.

“It’s like being able to touch something from the very beginning of the solar system,” David Jewitt, an astronomer at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Space.com. “It’s probably the most primitive thing in the inner solar system at the present time.”


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