It was the first object discovered in the solar system that appears to have originated from another part of the galaxy.
She said: “The fact that it does not have the typical comet’s hair does not mean anything because if it passed near a star it could have run out of the ice that covered it and that’s the reason for the comet’s bright hair.
Travelling at up to 196,000 mph, the object travelled at high speed
“It was expected to be an object similar to a comet, but when Oumuamua arrived in the Solar System, researchers realised that it did not emit dust or ice and therefore it was not a comet, but an asteroid”.
Although thought to be an asteroid, Oumuamua’s elongated cigar shape hundreds of metres in length but only one tenth as wide is highly unusual for a typical space rock.Travelling at up to 196,000 mph, the object’s high speed also suggests that it is not gravitationally bound to the sun but is destined to head back out of the solar system.
However, its arrival could provide experts with new and valuable information on how planets, asteroids and comets are born. Meanwhile, the mysterious object was also studied by the Seti project Breakthrough Listen, last year.