Interstellar Objects in Space

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Interstellar Objects in Space

Piper Johnson, Staff Writer

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On October 19th, the first known interstellar asteroid appears to hold water from a different star system in its interior.  The speed at which it came strongly insinuates that it is from somewhere beyond our solar system.  Scientists have revealed that water might be “trapped under a thick, carbon-rich coating on its surface.”  Scientists are leading a project in which they use radio telescopes to search for life in cosmos and to check for radio signals from the object, which gained its name recently, ‘Oumuamua.  Astronomers have kept close eyes on four different radio frequency bands for anything that appears like alien activity, but they have come up blank with their findings.  They have also measured the way that the object reflects sunlight and that it is similar to icy objects from our solar system.  This process of irradiation left the object with a reddish tint, similar to objects in contact with with frozen outer reaches of the solar system.  Scientists have been trying to explain the unusual shape of ‘Oumuamua.  They think that it could be made up of separate objects that joined together or a collision between two bodies with molten cores that emits pieces of rock that then froze into an elongated shape.  Then a shard of the elongated shape destroyed a supernova.  However, that is just a theory, as they are still unsure on how the shape formed.  All of the data people have right now is not enough to say that there isn’t alien activity on ‘Oumuamua.