The cigar-shaped mass is the first confirmed interstellar object to travel through our solar system, though astronomers are not yet ready to pin down the asteroid's origins.

It's possible that the 400 meter-long asteroid has simply wandered throughout the galaxy for millions of years, with no one star system considered as its "home."

Until, that is, it made an appearance in our skies, where it was discovered on October 19, 2017, by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. Dubbed Oumuamua, the object was also picked up by other observatories around the globe. According to a report from Forbes magazine, the asteroid "seems to be a dark red highly-elongated metallic or rocky object, about 400 metres long, and is unlike anything normally found in the Solar System."

In a statement, astronomer Karen Meech added, “This thing is very strange, with a complex, convoluted shape."

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As scientists continue to explore the possibility that water once existed on Mars, new evidence suggests that an asteroid strike may have once caused tsunamis on the red planet. For tsunamis to have taken place, water must have been present, so if this theory plays out, it could further the thinking that bodies of water once existed on the planet.

The research centers on a spot called the “Lomonosov crater,” long connected to debris having slid over the spot during a geographical shift. However, new thinking presents the theory that the crater was created by the impact of the asteroid hitting the planet, causing 150-mile waves.

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Action movies have depicted what might happen if we learned an asteroid was heading toward Earth. As we prepared for mass destruction, what could we possibly do to save ourselves?

FEMA and NASA recently met to discuss that very scenario. Although participants believe it is unlikely to happen in our lifetime, they conducted a tabletop exercise on October 25th in El Segundo, California. This was the third in a group of exercises on the issue.

For the first time in history, officials say we have the ability to combat an approaching asteroid, but it’s important to continue to monitor, predict, and prepare for it. With the exercise, participants demonstrated the unique challenges that an asteroid would bring to emergency responders.

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