Massive eruption from an icy volcanic comet discovered in the 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 strange volcanic comet has violently erupted, spewing more than a million tons of gas, ice and “potential building blocks of life” into Solar System.

The flying comet, known as 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann (29P), is about 37 miles (60 kilometers) wide and takes about 14.9 years to orbit the sun. Comet 29P is believed to be the most volcanically active comet in the solar system. It’s one of about 100 comets, known as “centaurs,” that have been propelled from the Kuiper belt – the ring of icy comets that underlie them. Neptune – In the closest orbit around the sun among those in Jupiter and Neptune, according to NASA (Opens in a new tab).

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