Asteroid or Spaceship? The First-Known Interstellar Object In Our Solar System Explained

The strange intruder 'Oumuamua continues to defy explanation.
Derya Ozdemir

You probably wouldn't be able to spell its name correctly right off the bat, but with one look at it, you'd exactly know what we are talking about. The mysterious space object 'Oumuamua, which was tumbling through our solar system for some time, first caught our attention back in 2017 when it was detected by the Pan-STARRS telescope. It didn't look like anything we'd seen in our solar system, since, with an aspect ratio of 6:6:1, it's basically an otherworldly pancake. Its discovery has both excited and scared scientists and the general public, as it's the first confirmed interstellar visitor to our home solar system ever.

Many theories abound this mysterious object, from it being a comet to a spaceship belonging to an extraterrestrial space civilization. And we still don't know exactly what it is. In this video by the YouTube channel BRIGHT SIDE, you can find out what makes this object similar to Pluto, and how this similarity can maybe reveal the enigmatic origin of the space object. If you want to learn more, make sure you watch the video embedded above, and, as always, enjoy.

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