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Default Meet 前umuamua, the Interstellar Cigar

Meet 前umuamua, the Interstellar Cigar


In Arthur C. Clarke's 1973 science-fiction novel Rendezvous with Rama, Earthlings discover and then investigate an interstellar "asteroid" that turns out to be a huge alien spaceship shaped like a long cylinder.

Life, it seems, sometimes imitates art.

In the days after the discovery of 前umuamua, the first (real) interstellar object ever known to pass through our solar system, astronomers worldwide went on the astronomical equivalent of "Red Alert" and pointed their biggest guns at the unexpected interloper. "We dropped everything," explains Laura Ferrarese, who coordinated observations by the Gemini South observatory in Chile.

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astro...stellar-cigar/
 
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Just to add some info about the image...

"Artist's concept of interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 U1 ('Oumuamua)"

What you see here is a drawing (computer generated by the artist, likely,) not a photo. I'm not suggesting that this asteroid is not interesting, but the drawing looks a bit too much like an ancient spaceship (at least SF version of.)

The article linked to above was honest and my quote was a copy from the site. Many other sites, however, are not adding the artist's concept notice.

To be sure, I wish it were so...an ancient spaceship using our solar system as a means of direction change and acceleration. How much fun would that be?

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Hard to pronounce that name, 'Oumuamua.' I'll just stick with its original designation, A/2017 U1. Maybe they should have called it 'Rama' as in Clarke's novel. What about 'Yonada' after the asteroid/spaceship in the Star Trek episode 'For The World Is Hollow and I Have Touched The Sky?'

Perhaps someday we can catch up to it with a space probe and see what the heck it really is.
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Perhaps someday we can catch up to it with a space probe and see what the heck it really is.
They are already talking about it.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...llar-asteroid/
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