Mysterious Object Flying Past the Sun confirmed to be from another solar system

Mysterious asteroid identified speeding past the sun in October has been confirmed by scientists to be a visitor from external our solar system, the first of its kind to be detected.

The interstellar rock is traveling at a speed that raised eyebrows among astronomers because it was fast sufficient to leave the sun’s orbit. Its trajectory is hyperbolic — meaning at a different angle to the plane that maximum objects orbiting the sun coalesce around.

Astronomers confirmed that the purpose, which they named ‘’Oumuamua’ after a Hawaiian term meaning scout or messenger, does in fact have interstellar origins, after an analysis found its speed would be incredible to achieve within this solar system.

They also trust that the object, which is dark — absorbing 96% of the light that hits it — could contain plentiful hydrocarbons, the building blocks for life that many scientists trust first arrived on Earth from asteroids.

‘Oumuamua also looks similar to asteroids from our own solar system, the Guardian reports, an important finding because it hints at similar conditions elsewhere in the galaxy, particularly the star it formed in the orbit of.

Teams from Hawaii and Los Angeles considered the object independently. They discovered it has an elongated shape and is around 400 meters long, rotating once every 7.3 hours.

The Los Angeles team estimated that there could by 10,000 parallel objects between the sun and Neptune.


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