This is the first observed object from outside our solar system


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/11/21/this-is-the-first-observed-obj.html


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#3

I think you’re going to take some flak on that title, Mark!


#4

“That’s no asteroid… it’s a spaceship!”


#5

Is it too late to name it Mr. Hankey?


#6

It’s a space poop, for sure.


#7

Like what? I’m not aware of any earlier ones. Star of Bethlehem maybe?


#8

Here’s hoping for a third party candidate that can deliver!


#9

We can observe plenty of stars and galaxies…


#10

Yes, but can you draw seven red lines, all perpendicular?


#11

Well, the astronomical johnnies seem to argue a lot about whether various solar system objects originated here or were captured on a flyby. There are some that think Luna and Phobos are captured extrasolar asteroids, for example.

But personally, I have observed the stars Alioth, Mizar and Phecda. They are objects, and they’re from outside our solar system.


#12

Pretty damn cool.


#13

Only when I visit my cousins in seven-dimensional space, and as long as the lines are also invisible. :smile:


#14

Sigh.

Yes, but there’s that pesky word “from.” You may have noticed that those stars are still outside the solar system, and will always remain outside the solar system. “From” implies a motion toward the speaker.

Happy?


#15

I was never unhappy!


#16

Good read on this possibility, including some actual astronomers who are debating it with colleagues:

(spoiler: it’s probably not an alien)


#17

Gorn


#18

STOS_Doomsday_Machine


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#20

It’ll activate after the spin pass through Sol’s outer photosphere.