Earth’s First Alien Visitor: CONFIRMED!

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Looks like we’ve got our first known real alien visitor. University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy astronomer Rob Weryk says, “We’ve never seen anything like this before.” He’s talking about a mysterious object zipping through our solar system that nobody seems to be able to identify. Calculations show it came within 24 million miles of the sun on Sept. 9 and 15 million miles of Earth on Oct. 14 while traveling at a blinding 37 miles per second. Calculations also show something unprecedented: the object, currently classified as asteroid A/2017 U1, is the first confirmed to have arrived in our solar system from another. “It is fairly certain we are dealing with our first truly identified alien visitor,” Professor Alan Fitzsimmons says. But don’t panic just yet. A/2017 U1, which is estimated to be less than 400 meters in diameter, appears to already be on its way back out of our solar system, so scientists are rushing to study it before it’s too late. They say it could be made out of entirely different materials than those that comprise the comets and asteroids found closer to home. (New York Times)

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