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‘Oumuamua

RELEVANCE: Space Object. First known interstellar object discovered by scientists on Earth.

DESCRIPTION: Classified by the International Astronomical Union as an interstellar object, ‘Oumuamua – or 1I/2017 U1 – is an elongated asteroidal object consisting of ice beneath a carbon-covered crust.

A study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society concluded that ‘Oumuamua likely found its origins in a binary star system, one “with a relatively hot, high mass star,” according to Phys.org. It was also likely “ejected from its binary system sometime during the formation of planets.”

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