Massive Cigar Shaped Object Enters Solar System

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A lost asteroid shaped like a cigar has entered our solar system after wandering between the stars for hundreds of millions of years, scientists say.

The dark red rock named Oumuamua, which in Hawaiian means messenger, is about 1,312 ft long and highly-elongated, perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide, according to a study reported in Nature journal.

It is the first space rock from outside the solar system ever observed by astronomers.

A telescope in Hawaii designed to spot Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) picked up the asteroid on October 19 as a faint point of light moving across the sky.

After further observations and orbital calculations, scientists reported there was no doubt that the object originated from outside the solar system.

Moving at 95,000 kilometres per hour, Oumuamua was at first thought to have travelled from the bright star Vega, 25 light years away in the northern constellation of Lyra.

But Vega was not even close to its present position 300,000 years ago, when its journey would have started.

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That has led scientists to speculate that the asteroid is an interstellar wanderer that has stumbled across our solar system.

Dr Karen Meech, from the Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii, said: “Oumuamua may well have been wandering through the Milky Way, unattached to any star system, for hundreds of millions of years before its chance encounter with the solar system.”

This unusually large variation in brightness means that the object is highly elongate: about 10 times as long as it is wide, with a complex, convoluted shape.

We also found that it has a dark red colour, similar to objects in the outer solar system, and confirmed that it is completely inert, without the faintest hint of dust around it.

The asteroid’s properties suggest it could have a high metal content and lacks significant amounts of water or ice.

Its surface has been darkened and reddened by the impact of cosmic rays over millions of years.

Astronomers estimate that interstellar asteroids pass through the inner solar system about once a year, but they are faint and hard to spot.

Oumuamua was discovered by the 1.8 metre Pan-STARR telescope in Hawaii, which is part of a system set up to track potentially threatening NEOs.

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16 Comments

  1. Donny Zaltzberg
    Donny Zaltzberg 21 November, 2017, 11:46

    Definitely a space station ask Richard Hoagland

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  2. Mathew Collyer
    Mathew Collyer 21 November, 2017, 12:35

    Ring maker!

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  3. Marc-André Nox Leclerc
    Marc-André Nox Leclerc 21 November, 2017, 12:53

    Space turd!

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  4. Raul Silveira
    Raul Silveira 21 November, 2017, 12:59

    não é natural…..

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  5. Scott Frearson
    Scott Frearson 21 November, 2017, 13:12

    Big JOBBY

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  6. Marcus Draven
    Marcus Draven 21 November, 2017, 13:48

    1983 a merman i should be.

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  7. Eddie Charko
    Eddie Charko 21 November, 2017, 14:06

    Mother ship ooooooooooooo

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  8. Lee Henry
    Lee Henry 21 November, 2017, 14:26

    i was wondering where my blunt got to

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  9. Marlin Wilson
    Marlin Wilson 21 November, 2017, 14:28

    Brush should of compared it to a penis it get more acknowledgements

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  10. Gerald Joe
    Gerald Joe 21 November, 2017, 14:37

    It’s a Johnson

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  11. Claudia Balestrini
    Claudia Balestrini 21 November, 2017, 15:25

    Saurians

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  12. Marc McMillan
    Marc McMillan 21 November, 2017, 16:23

    Could be some elses flat earth ?

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  13. Richard West
    Richard West 21 November, 2017, 17:17

    Just wait until it lands and Darth Vader steps out.

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  14. Fouad Suleiman
    Fouad Suleiman 21 November, 2017, 23:31

    Its a message to Bill Clinton hhh

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  15. Talon Attila Szoradi
    Talon Attila Szoradi 22 November, 2017, 06:05

    The Intergalactic Joint !

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  16. James Karma
    James Karma 23 November, 2017, 18:50

    Cubans everywhere flinch*

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