Plus, you might get a chance to see it — in about 10 years.
It was spotted during an analysis of images collected by the Dark Energy Survey — collaborative project funded by global research groups.
Its job is to help us better understand the properties of dark energy and universe expansion.
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Researchers say Bernardinelli-Bernstein likely came flying toward us from the Oort Cloud, a mysterious, theoretical cloud of icy objects that surrounds the Sun around 3.2 lightyears away.
Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Bernardinelli & G. Bernstein (UPenn)/DESI Legacy Imaging Surveys.
This gives astronomers the unique opportunity to observe Bernardinelli-Bernstein for a longer time it approaches the Sun.
And you might have a chance to spot it, too — if you have the right equipment on-hand.