Lowkey, in mid-October, scientists saw an alien asteroid make its way into our solar system for the first time.
Scientist Rob Weryk spotted it first and other scientists caught on as it exited our solar system at 98,000 miles an hour. That’s enough speed to outrun our sun’s gravitational pull.
The asteroid community has never seen an asteroid with such a unique shape. Plus, it “could tell us profound things about where we came from.”
To give you an idea of what scientists saw, Oumuamua resembles something like a giant pencil and is long and blunt on both ends. But to keep it 100, it resembles a giant turd.
Anyway, you are probably wondering how in the world scientists know Oumuamua has this turd like shape. In fact, how do they know that it’s an asteroid?
Scientists suggest that Oumuamua didn’t have a tail like a comet and didn’t spawn a gas trail when it was flying past the sun.
According to a report today in Nature, the visitor lives up to its exotic origin: The object is at least 10 times longer than it is wide, resembling a giant cosmic pencil tumbling through the void.
“It’s extraordinarily elongated, which is extremely unusual—we don’t see anything like that in our solar system,” says study leader Karen Meech of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy.
Are you shook? You should be. This could be an attack on us from another galaxy. What if alien life forms figured out a way to launch asteroid missiles at planets. Hot boy, huh?
We don’t even know if life forms were surfing on the asteroid? Like would we be prepared for warfare against an advanced species? Hell no.
This has me stressing about an alien invasion but hopefully scientists can find out more about Oumuamua as time goes on. Someone pass the water, I’m sweatin’.