Carey Lisse of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, said: “The cool thing is that you’re actually catching Jupiter flinging this object around and changing its orbital behaviour and bringing it into the inner system.
“Jupiter controls what’s going on with comets once they get into the inner system by altering their orbits.
“Short-period comets like LD2 meet their fate by being thrown into the Sun and totally disintegrating, hitting a planet, or venturing too close to Jupiter once again and getting thrown out of the solar system, which is the usual fate.
“Simulations show that in about 500,000 years, there’s a 90 percent probability that this object will be ejected from the solar system and become an interstellar comet.”
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