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Scientists Want To Build ‘Interstellar Interceptor’ To Play Hide And Seek With The Next ‘Oumuamu’

Scientists Want To Build ‘Interstellar Interceptor’ To Play Hide And Seek With The Next ‘Oumuamu’

An artist’s rendering of the first identified interstellar object, ‘Oumuamua. (Image credit: M. Kornmesser/ESO)

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A team of scientists has proposed building an “interstellar interceptor,” a spacecraft capable of getting up close and personal with the next asteroid or comet to enter Solar system.

Astronomers have so far spotted two such objects rustling through our star system: the cigar-shaped interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamu, which first spotted in October 2017 and made headlines as a suspected alien probeand comet 2I/Borisov, which astronomers first spotted in August 2019.



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