Oumuamua: First Visitor from Interstellar Space

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Artist's concept of 'Oumuamua, an interstellar object that was discovered zooming through our solar system in 2017. A new study determined that a small meteor that hit Earth in 2014 came from interstellar space as well. Credit: © K. Meech et al./ESO

The First Known Interstellar Meteor May Have Hit Earth in 2014

By Charles Q. Choi, Live Science Contributor

The first meteor to hit Earth from interstellar space — and the second known interstellar visitor overall — may have just been discovered, a new study finds.

Interstellar meteors may be common, and could potentially help life travel from star to star, researchers added.

The first known visitor from interstellar space, a cigar-shaped object named ‘Oumuamua, was detected in 2017. Scientists deduced the origins of the 1,300-foot-long (400 meters) object from its speed and trajectory, which suggests it may have come from another star, or perhaps two.

Related: ‘Oumuamua: Our 1st Known Interstellar Visitor Explained in Photos

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