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Mystery asteroid comes into our solar system

October 31, 2017

For the first time, astronomers think they’ve spotted a foreign object in our solar system. Something that came from elsewhere in the galaxy.

A/2017 U1, as it’s currently known, was first spotted on October 19 by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope.

A/2017 U1 is estimated to be under 400m in diameter.

While the planets and most other objects orbit the sun on a plane, A/2017 U1 came flying in from almost directly above. It passed inside Mercury’s orbit on September 2, and was pulled into a hairpin turn by the Sun’s gravity.

“We’ve never seen interstellar objects pass through before,” said astronomer Karen Meech.

It has long been theorized that such objects exist – asteroids or comets moving around between the stars and occasionally passing through our solar system – but this is the first such one we have seen.

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1

This is so sad Even though its an astronomical discovery but more could come. We might get hit by one very soon

2

thats pretty cool

3

Is it going to hit

4

that is pretty intresting

5

What if it hits, what will happen

6

Whens the next asteroid going to hit

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is the next atroid somewhere in 2018 ?

8

This can not be ture

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Yeah, that would be cool to see but not to feel. xD

10

this is a huge astronomical discovery

11

WOW SO AMAZING. I HOPE I GET TO SEE THE METEORITE, BUT NOT FOR IT TO SMASH INTO EARTH. I LOVE THE WORLD

12

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh,the end is near!!!

13

Interesting...

14

Wow...
Anyone saying it was a martian,I don't agree. Sure,aliens DO EXIST (Got that non-believers?)
But why would they drop a giant pebble into our humble crib?
Obviously its a buildup of Hawking's particles from a black hole that has been flung by the savage gravity and by fluke,gone into our solar system!
From a random Triangular Duck

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If they find out where it is from we could find another solar system

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Ummmm I really hope that this asteroid dosnt come and hit earth