Interstellar meteor that whizzed past Earth last year may have had predecessor
Added 04-18-19 12:13:02am EST - “The meteor dubbed 'Oumuamua that whizzed past Earth last year not only originated from outside our solar system, but also may have had a predecessor. A Harvard astronomer posits that an earlier interstellar meteor actually made it…” - Nydailynews.com
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Before ’Oumuamua there was … Random Interstellar Object. Except this one clipped us, disintegrating 11.6 miles above the South Pacific.
That was three years before the meteor that whizzed past in 2017 and was dubbed ’Oumuamua. That one not only originated from outside our solar system, but also may have had a predecessor, the chairman of Harvard University’s astronomy department says.
Abraham “Avi” Loeb, the Harvard astronomer who suggested ’Oumuamua may have been the work of aliens, now posits that an earlier interstellar meteor actually hit Earth in 2014, according to Space.com.
’Oumuamua was a cigar-shaped object detected in 2017 and classified as the first known visitor from interstellar space, meaning it originated from outside the solar system. That 1,300-foot-long object’s speed and trajectory are what gave it away.
With that in mind, Loeb and study lead author Amir Siraj, Loeb’s undergraduate assistant, pored over data from the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. Focusing on high-speed meteors, they isolated one about three feet wide detected Jan. 8, 2014, that had disintegrated over Manus Island, part of Papua New Guinea, while traveling at 37 miles per second, reported National Geographic.
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