Oumuamua, a cigar-shaped asteroid, is traveling through the solar system right now.


Visit the galaxy before the galaxy visits you.

This fall, the galaxy came calling in the form of a small reddish cigar-shaped object named Oumuamua by astronomers based in Hawaii. They discovered it in October, careening through the solar system at 40,000 miles an hour, an interstellar emissary from points unknown.

Oumuamua (Oh-moo-a-moo-a), Hawaiian for “scout” or “messenger,” was not here long.

It was first noticed zooming out of the constellation Lyra on Oct. 19, about 20 million miles from Earth. By next May, it will already be passing Jupiter on its way out of the solar system.

Read Article:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/science/oumuamua-space-asteroid.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur