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Mon Dec 18, 2017, 03:13 PM

Oumuamua: First alien object to visit our solar system is wrapped in strange organic coat

ANDREW GRIFFIN

Monday 18 December 2017 16:00 GMT


The first ever interstellar visitor to our solar system is wrapped in a layer of organic insulation, scientists have said.

Oumuamua has enthralled astronomers and the public since it flew through the solar system in October.

As the first alien rock to travel here from another star, it was immediately recognised as highly unusual – but as scientists learn more about the object, they are discovering how strange it actually is.

Its strangeness has even led to suggestions it could be an alien artefact, rather than just an incredibly abnormal natural object.


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n2doc Dec 2017 OP
LunaSea Dec 2017 #1
cos dem Dec 2017 #2
Moostache Dec 2017 #3
Irish_Dem Dec 2017 #6
n2doc Dec 2017 #4
Irish_Dem Dec 2017 #5
ret5hd Dec 2017 #7
GeorgeGist Dec 2017 #8
Javaman Dec 2017 #9
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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Dec 18, 2017, 03:22 PM

1. "incredibly abnormal"?

How do they know?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Dec 18, 2017, 03:24 PM

2. First ever to be identified as such. Doubt it's the first ever.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Dec 18, 2017, 03:25 PM

3. "First EVER"? Seems pretty unlikely...

I hate to cast dispersion, but there seems very little chance this is the first EVER extra stellar object in our galaxy...now, the first one that we have noted and had the capability to discuss planet wide in real time? Ok, I will bite on that....but first EVER? Nah...

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Response to Moostache (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 18, 2017, 03:56 PM

6. Exactly. nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Dec 18, 2017, 03:26 PM

4. Sounds like Tholin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tholin
Tholins (after the Greek θολός (tholós) "hazy" or "muddy"; from the ancient Greek word meaning "sepia ink" are a wide variety of organic compounds formed by solar ultraviolet irradiation or cosmic rays from simple carbon-containing compounds such as CO2, methane (CH
4) or ethane, often in combination with nitrogen (N2).[1] Tholins do not form naturally on modern-day Earth, but they are found in great abundance on the surface of icy bodies in the outer Solar System, and as reddish aerosols in the atmosphere of outer Solar System planets and moons.

When in the presence of water, tholins may facilitate the formation of prebiotic chemistry to take place, and has implication of the origins of life on Earth and possibly, on other planets. As particles in an atmosphere, tholins scatter light and can affect habitability.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Dec 18, 2017, 03:55 PM

5. If I were an advanced race from far far away, I would disguise my ship just like this when I travel.

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Mon Dec 18, 2017, 04:57 PM

7. As someone else said, it's probably the Captain's Log.

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Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:35 AM

8. 1964

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Tue Dec 19, 2017, 10:33 AM

9. wrapped in plastic. nt

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Wed Dec 20, 2017, 07:59 AM

10. just saying...



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