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Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua is Likely a Piece of a Planet from Another Solar System

Posted by Guy Pirro 03/24/2021 06:18PM

Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua is Likely a Piece of a Planet from Another Solar System

In 2017, the first interstellar object from beyond our solar system was discovered via the Pan-STARRS astronomical observatory in Hawaii. It was named ‘Oumuamua, meaning "scout" or "messenger" in Hawaiian. The object was like a comet, but with features that were just odd enough to defy classification. Two Arizona State University astrophysicists, Steven Desch and Alan Jackson of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, set out to explain the odd features of ‘Oumuamua and have determined that it is likely a piece of a Pluto-like planet from another solar system.


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