Paper Boys

Episode 87

Did Oumuamua come from a destroyed planet?

This interstellar asteroid’s origins may have been cataclysmic.

Oumuamua is an interstellar object that passed through our solar system in late 2017. It originally made the news thanks to several scientists suggesting its odd shape might be explained if it were a spaceship. New research on Oumuamua presents a much more tractable–and still extremely fascinating–explanation though. Join us this week as we dive into this new paper on the search for Oumuamua’s origin.

Check out the journal article here and the Vice News article here.

The sweet simulation video can be found here and is open access.

Photo Credit: Authors of the paper, Y. Zhang and D.N.C. Lin.

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