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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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Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

Earth’s Oxygen Found on the Moon

Recent moon exploration has brought questions about whether there might have once been life on the planet. A Japanese spacecraft has discovered oxygen on the moon and have identified it as originating on Earth.

The discovery led one astrobiologist to theorize that there may be fossil organisms on the moon’s surface. The astrobiologist, Caleb Scharf, was not involved in the research into the discovery of oxygen, but he spoke following the oxygen discovery.

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Since Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet, the world of space has been constantly abuzz over the possibility of a ninth planet in our Solar System. While trying to disprove the existence of a ninth planet in 2016, scientists actually realized they might have discovered one quite a distance from Pluto. There have been other instances of possible ninth-planet sightings, although none have been confirmed to date.

The most recent possibility exists in the Kuiper belt, a ring-shaped accumulation of matter within our Solar System. Researchers at the University of Arizona have spotted mysterious movement within the belt that they believe could point to a previously-undiscovered planet.

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