“Sometimes a Cigar is really not just a cigar”
May I introduce you to Oumuamua, this cigar-shaped comet raced through our solar system from another. Oumuamua’s size is up to a quarter mile long and is highly elongated as well. Its aspect ratio is greater than that of any asteroid or comet inside or outside of the solar system. The discovery was funded by NASA on the twentieth of November, two-thousand-seventeen. NASA and its discoverers believe that this bizarrely-shaped object that suddenly bursted from another solar system traveled for hundreds of millions of years before coming in contact with ours. “For decades now, we have theorized that such interstellar objects are out there, wandering.” Thomas Zurbuchen for NASA’s Science Mission in Washington stated, “And now—for the first time—we have direct evidence that they exist,” he continued. “This history-making discovery is opening a new window to study formations of solar systems beyond our own.”
Karen Meech of the Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii along with a team of astronomers discovered that Oumuamua varies in brightness by a factor of ten, as it spins on its axis every seven point three hours. Meech and the team of astronomers discovered this phenomenon within Oumuamua by simply combining the images from the FORS instrument on the ESO telescope using four different filters with those of other large telescopes. According to Meech and the group, no known asteroid or comet from our solar system varies so widely in brightness, with a large ratio between length and width, as well. But what about the other comets or asteroids outside of our solar system? Is this the only comet in the whole galaxy that varies widely in brightness as well as having a large ratio between length and width? The question remains a big mystery to us all. The most elongated objects protruding through our solar system from another are no more than three time as long as they are wide.
“This unusually big variation in brightness means that the object is highly elongated. It’s about ten times as long as it is wide, with a complex, convoluted shape.” Meech stated.
It’s fascinating how every star and asteroid is one-of-a-kind when it comes to its shape, size and functionalities. After reading this, you’re probably still asking yourself: Where did it come from? Well, most comets follow ellipse-shaped orbits around the sun. But this comet appears to orbit at an angle, and also doesn’t circle the sun. Its orbital path suggests that it entered our solar system from the direction of the constellation, Lyra. Oumuamua has already looped around the sun, it will never return.
However, others suggested that the comet didn’t come from Earth, but interacted with Jupiter (biggest planet in our solar system) or with another planet, causing the comet to change its orbit.
Written by: KFC (Author of The 11th Syzygy)