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Outback radio telescope listens in on interstellar visitor

Post by Dragon on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:01 pm

A telescope in outback Western Australia has been used to listen to a mysterious cigar-shaped object that entered our Solar System late last year.

The unusual object—known as 'Oumuamua—came from another solar system, prompting speculation it could be an alien spacecraft.

"So astronomers went back through observations from the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope to check for radio transmissions coming from the object between the frequencies of 72 and 102MHz —similar to the frequency range in which FM radio is broadcast.

While they did not find any signs of intelligent life, the research helped expand the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI) from distant stars to objects closer to home.

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Post by Dragon on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:03 pm


Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser.

This artist’s impression shows the first interstellar asteroid: `Oumuamua.

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Post by Dragon on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:05 pm



Scientists were surprised and delighted to detect --for the first time-- an interstellar asteroid passing through our solar system. Additional observations brought more surprises: the object is cigar-shaped with a somewhat reddish hue.

The asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers, is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated—perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide. That is unlike any asteroid or comet observed in our solar system to date, and may provide new clues into how other solar systems formed.

 

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Post by Dragon on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:06 pm



For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was travelling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object.

 

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