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Astronomers Just Spotted First ‘Mystery Visitor’ From Another Solar System

“We have been waiting for this day for decades,” NASA said. “So far, everything indicates this is likely an interstellar object.”

Just recently, astronomers from all over the globe have been baffled with a new discovery – a mysterious unidentified object has been found passing through our solar system. It remains unclear whether the said object, which has been described by many as “small and fast-moving,” is an asteroid or a comet.

NASA, however, has confirmed that they do not have any idea of its origins and that it isn’t behaving like other local space rocks. So it’s highly likely that it is NOT from our own solar system? Many are inclined to believe so.

Once confirmed, NASA said this discovery would mark “the first interstellar object to be observed and confirmed by astronomers.”

In an official NASA news release, Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, said:

“We have been waiting for this day for decades. It’s long been theorized that such objects exist — asteroids or comets moving around between the stars and occasionally passing through our solar system — but this is the first such detection. So far, everything indicates this is likely an interstellar object, but more data would help to confirm it.”

Currently, astronomers are doing all they can to gather information about the mystery object and it is now being called A/2017 U1. Experts estimate that it is “less than a quarter-mile (400 meters) in diameter,” CNN reported, “and it’s racing through space at 15.8 miles (25.5 kilometers) per second.”

“A/2017 U1” was discovered by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii.

It was Rob Weryk, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, who first made the discovery. He noticed it was definitely something out of the ordinary.

Weryk explained:

“Its motion could not be explained using either a normal solar system asteroid or comet orbit. This object came from outside our solar system.”

Fortunately for all of us, the object is not a threat since it has safely passed our planet at a distance of around 15 million miles (24 million kilometers).

Scientists are thinking it is headed towards the Pegasus constellation on its way out of the solar system.

Davide Farnocchia, a scientist at the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, commented:

“This is the most extreme orbit I have ever seen. It is going extremely fast and on such a trajectory that we can say with confidence that this object is on its way out of the solar system and not coming back.”

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Ancient 99-Million-Year-Old Frogs Look Just Like Modern-Day Toads

Frogs will always be frogs, whether they were born today or in the Cretaceous Period.

The world is filled with exciting new discoveries from ancient times. Scientists have just uncovered evidence that frogs roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous Period about 100 million years ago. Interestingly, these ancient toads seem to look just like their modern-day descendants.

A new report confirms that scientists have found four frog fossils in northern Myanmar. The tiny bodies were encased in amber and offer a clear glimpse at what tropical rainforests looked like in the Cretaceous Period. In any case, the discovery is groundbreaking since frogs rarely become fossils.

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Elon Musk’s Flamethrowers Get Misused On Social Media Despite Strict Terms & Conditions

What better way to start a particularly hot summer?

There is little doubt that Elon Musk's flamethrowers are the hottest new commodity right now. After all, the fiery device produced by The Boring Company have just been sold out. However, it looks like consumers have already started misusing the dangerous product despite its lengthy terms and conditions.

The Boring Company finally rolled out Not A Flamethrower at a celebrated pick up event held at the company's headquarters. People who had pre-ordered the gadgets were given a chance to sample the power of the flamethrower on unfortunate marshmallows. Although safety was reinforced during the event, things took a dangerous turn once everyone got home.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Organics On Mars, Possible Life On Planet In The Past

The new discovery might confirm life thrived on the Red Planet billions of years ago.

Curiosity has made an exciting discovery on the surface of Mars. The rover has just found possible evidence of life on the planet billions of years ago. NASA might not quite ready to confirm that creatures once roamed the Red Planet. Nevertheless, the agency believes that the findings could mean positive things for future missions.

The NASA rover has found organic molecules in sedimentary rocks near the planet's surface. These molecules may contain hydroxen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen and are usually associated with life. However, their presence in the billion-year-old rocks does not confirm life on Mars just yet.

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