First Interstellar Visitor Described As An ‘Oddball’

First interstellar visitor described as an ‘oddball’

“What we found was a rapidly rotating object, at least the size of a football field, that changed in brightness quite dramatically,” she says. “This change in brightness hints that ‘Oumuamua could be more than 10 times longer than it is wide – something which has never been seen in our own Solar System.”

“While study of ‘Oumuamua’s colors shows that this body shares characteristics with both Kuiper Belt objects and organic-rich comets and trojan asteroids,” says Meech, “its orbital path says it comes from far beyond.”

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