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Confirmed! The 2014 meteor is the first known interstellar visitor to Earth

Confirmed! The 2014 meteor is the first known interstellar visitor to Earth

Astronomers have confirmed that a suspected space rock that hit Earth in 2014 came from another star system, three years before the famous interstellar visitor Oumuamu.

Researchers found a meteor in the catalog by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) in 2019. At the time, however, some data about the rock’s trajectory was kept secret by the US Department of Defense (DoD), whose sensors collected it.





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