Thursday, October 19, 2017

from outer space

Robert Weryk, using a Pan-STARRS telescope, discovered a strange object. It is travelling along a highly eccentric trajectory, like a comet. Classification: C/2017 U1 (PANSTARRS). When found, it was at 85 Lunar Distances (LD, the Earth-Moon distance) and moving away from the Sun.

No, its not an alien spaceship.


The article at Virtual Telescope refers to the event. While there are only a few observations so far, the fascinating thing is that it appears this object is coming from outside our solar system!

graphic of C/2017 U1's hyperbolic path

It went through perihelion 40 days ago. The orbital characteristic is hyperbolic. It will never return.

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