The fate of comet LINEAR. The comet was likely born in the Jupiter-Saturn region in the early days of the solar system. It was ejected into the Oort Cloud, where it resided until it was recently ejected into the inner solar system. The comet broke up close to its nearest approach to the Sun, offering an opportunity for researchers to study its breakup in detail. The drawing is not to scale. Distances are given in astronomical units (AU), the distance between Earth and the Sun.