Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumumua’ Could Be Made of Surprising Element, Study Shows
By Fox News // June 1, 2020
study: interstellar object could be made of hydrogen ice
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(FOX NEWS) – The mystery surrounding the interstellar object ‘Oumumua’ seemingly gets weirder by the day.
A new study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, suggests the interstellar object could be made of hydrogen ice.
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, but it’s rarely observed in a solid form.
“We developed a theory that explains all of ‘Oumuamua’s weird properties,” said study co-author Gregory Laughlin, a professor of astronomy in Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, in a statement. “We show that it was likely composed of hydrogen ice. This is a new type of object, but it looks like there may be many more of them showing up, going forward.”
The cigar-shaped ‘Oumuamua, which was first discovered in October 2017, is unlike anything researchers had ever seen before, due to its shape, as well as its dry surface.
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