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Declassified data reveals interstellar object hit Earth in 2014

April 12, 2022 | Comment icon 24 comments



Was 'Oumuamua really the first ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Joshua Tree National Park
New data released by the US Space Command (USSC) has confirmed a close encounter with an interstellar visitor.
It turns out that the fast-moving fireball, which exploded over Papua New Guinea 8 years ago, actually originated from outside our solar system - that is, at least, according to a new memo released by US Space Command and based on a study conducted in 2019.

The meteorite, which measured only 0.45 meters across, hit our planet's atmosphere at 130,000 mph.

Given its trajectory and high speed, scientists argue, it is 99% certain that it came from "the deep interior of a planetary system or a star in the thick disk of the Milky Way galaxy."
At the time, there was still some uncertainty because a portion of the data was classified, but now the analysis has been deemed "sufficiently accurate to confirm an interstellar trajectory."

What's particularly interesting about this revelation is that the object predates the discovery of 'Oumuamua - a long space rock discovered in 2017 that was, up until now, considered to be the first confirmed detection of an object visiting our solar system from interstellar space.

While it's possible that shards of the newly revealed meteorite might be found on the sea floor, the chances of actually finding them are exponentially small given its size and the scale of the area.

Still, the fact that the first known interstellar visitor may have actually collided with the Earth is certainly an intriguing twist and suggests that such objects may be quite common in our solar system.

Source: Live Science | Comments (24)


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Comment icon #15 Posted by Trelane 2 months ago
It stands to reason that the data classification was made until the object could properly identified. One concern that US Gov Agencies has been keenly aware of is the development and testing of new long range missile capabilities of various countries. There may have been an initial concern that was what it may have been.
Comment icon #16 Posted by qxcontinuum 2 months ago
The object has not been identified as it sits at the bottom of the ocean.†
Comment icon #17 Posted by Gumball 2 months ago
True but surely they would have been concerened it could have been top secret tech of either theirs or others.† It could have been a spy satellite or prototype of some kind.† It is very interesting either way.
Comment icon #18 Posted by qxcontinuum 2 months ago
I don't think you've read the news and article. The object was officially recognized to have originated from outside our solar system. However since it fell at the bottom of the ocean, a mission to retrieve is nearly impossible. The news was classified at the time as the probability to be alien tech was real.† And to this day scientists like Levi don't exclude this possibility. None the less thumbs down Nasa for hiding the truth, classification of such events demonstrates that they'll never share anything if and when†some truth is out there†
Comment icon #19 Posted by Trelane 2 months ago
It was declassified. "It turns out that the fast-moving fireball, which exploded over Papua New Guinea 8 years ago, actually originated from outside our solar system - that is, at least, according to a new memo released by US Space Command and based on a study conducted in 2019. The meteorite, which measured only 0.45 meters across, hit our planet's atmosphere at 130,000 mph."
Comment icon #20 Posted by Gumball 2 months ago
I have indeed read this and other articles about the event and in the immediate aftermath I would imagine they had no idea of what it was or where it came from which was my point.†
Comment icon #21 Posted by qxcontinuum 2 months ago
Interestingly, one meteorite fell down just yesterday in Ontario after a bif firebal was reported and the the news have mentioned that fragments are scattered near Lake Earie. Not classified...
Comment icon #22 Posted by Trelane 2 months ago
One item was likely observed prior to entry into the atmospher and was expeced. The other clearly was not.† Also, it's Lake Erie.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 months ago
Gumball's ^^original statement^^.† † Eot's retort, is wrong. You are right, @Gumball, speed is the most important factor, trajectory is a minor factor Good call, bud† †
Comment icon #24 Posted by Gumball 2 months ago
Thank you. No argument intended. I am just vey very interested on how we actually judge these phenomena now.† I'm finding it hard to accept that the recent fervour toward 'extraterrestrial visitors" is actually waranted.† These types of "visitors" must go beyond the ones we have recorded..


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