Be One of the First People to See the Peculiar Interstellar Asteroid!

Khryss | Published 2017-11-29 23:13

It looks phallic though...or some kind of a spliff?

We just had a weird interstellar visitor — an odd-shaped asteroid.

Quickly after seeing Oumuamua early this November, telescopes far and wide looked into it more intently. Such telescopes have to be fast for it has been moving 95,000 kilometers for every hour, heading far from the sun. So, in spite of the fact that it is quickly blurring, they could make a couple of key notes on its appearance.

The primary perception, and the principal piece of information that 'Oumuamua was a peculiarity, was its brightness. It lit up and diminished drastically by a factor of 10 every 7.3 hours. This recommended the object was likely exceptionally lengthened. Researchers know now that 'Oumuamua is generally spliff--or stool--shaped at 400 meters in length and about 10 times smaller in width.

That perspective proportion is more noteworthy than any space rock or comet saw in the close solar system and may give new insights into how other planetary frameworks piece together.

In spite of the fact that the space rock's shape makes it show up like an outsider, its shading — a dull red tint — is more recognizable. Like the items in the external close planetary system, researchers speculate this may not have a great deal of water or ice, and it has been darkened and reddened as enormous beams of  cosmic rays  hit it for millions of years.

Stargazers will keep on looking into it before it slips once more into obscurity. Any further examinations will be key given that interstellar space rocks are faint and difficult to spot even though they are likely go through the inner solar system about about once per year.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2153981-we-got-a-good-look-at-the-interstellar-asteroid-and-its-weird/

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