Another mysterious interstellar newcomer has arrived in the solar system

The world of astronomy has been rumbling about an amazing discovery for several days, which is beautiful proof that the solar system is visited by objects born in alien planetary systems in our galaxy.

On August 30, a Ukrainian astronomer saw a strange object in the sky with an unusual orbit. The celestial body was initially designated C / 2019 Q4 (Borisov). Recent observations have revealed that the object is moving at enormous speed and has a hyperbolic orbit. This means one thing, it comes from an alien system about which we have absolutely no information.

This is the second object in the history of space research that we know does not come from the solar system. The first was the famous asteroid Oumuamua. It was discovered in autumn 2017 and is currently moving away from the sun. Meanwhile, the object C / 2019 Q4 (Borisov) is approaching our daily star. This is great news because we have a lot of time to make more observations that will help us understand the essence of this type of celestial bodies.

NASA proposed sending a space probe towards Oumuamua dark net hub. However, it is unlikely that it will be able to land on it, because it is gaining speed every day and soon we will be able to catch up with it only with nuclear-powered probes. Meanwhile, C / 2019 Q4 (Borisov) seems to be a much more interesting research object, and most importantly, we will have a closer look at it than to Oumuamua.

Such objects ignite the imagination for astronomers. They dream of using them as a free means of transport / propulsion for probes and a starting point for various research missions. Thanks to them, we will be able to learn the secrets of objects not only located in, for example, Kuiper Belt, but also the Oort Cloud, and once even alien planetary systems.


Updated: September 13, 2019 — 10:08 pm