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Is This Backwards-Orbiting Asteroid an Interstellar Visitor?

Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 8:12 am
by ajsuff
................................. from the Smithsonian ...............................

The space rock could have been captured from another star system during the early days of our solar system

Last year, astronomers were surprised to find a long, needle-shaped asteroid buzzing through our solar system. Dubbed ’Oumuamua, the unusual space rock was the first interstellar object observed in our celestial neighborhood, but it didn’t stick around for long. Now, researchers argue they’ve found another interstellar visitor that’s actually a permanent resident of our solar system. But as Michael Greshko at National Geographic reports, their conclusions are controversial.


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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-ne ... U2NDQwMAS2