Cigar-shaped interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua’ experienced violent past: Study

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By: PTI | London |
Published: February 13, 2018 9:27 pm


The object flew through our solar system in October and was originally thought to be a comet, then it was later revealed as a cigar-shaped asteroid. (File Photo)

Oumuamua – the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system – has experienced a violent past, causing it to tumble around chaotically for many billions of years, a study suggests. The object flew through our solar system in October and was originally thought to be a comet, then it was later revealed as a cigar-shaped asteroid.

Since October, researchers at the Queen’s University Belfast have been analysing the brightness measurements of the object. They discovered that Oumuamua was not spinning periodically like most of the small asteroids and bodies that we see in our solar system. Instead, it is tumbling, or…

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