Meghan Bartels

Last month, Comet ATLAS shattered skywatchers’ hopes of a brilliant display when it began crumbling — but scientists have spotted a new opportunity to study its rubble.

That opportunity comes from the trajectory of Solar Orbiter, a partnership between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). While the spacecraft was designed to focus on the sun, it turns out that the instruments it carries could also gather valuable information about Comet ATLAS’ tail in an unprecedented observational opportunity.

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