Indian Scientists Studying the Cosmic Dust Particles
- Indian scientists (from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics) have created a computer model of cosmic dust particles that can imitate the unique way interstellar comet 2I/Borisov scatters light.
- By studying the way light scatters off these cosmic particles, they can better understand how comets behave. The model accurately reproduced the scattering of light seen in experiments and observations. It revealed the presence of a large number of porous cosmic dust particles.
- Shape From spherical to irregular or fractal-like structures.
- Size Ranging from nanometers to micrometres
- They contribute to the formation of stars and planetary systems by providing material for accretion. They also scatter and absorb light, affecting the radiation properties of celestial objects. Additionally, these particles serve as building blocks for the formation of larger objects, such as asteroids, comets, and planets.