The story of 'Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system | Karen J. Meech

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In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star system. The interstellar comet -- a half-mile-long object eventually named `Oumuamua, from the Hawaiian for "scout" or "messenger" -- raised intriguing questions: Was it a chunk of rocky debris from a new star system, shredded material from a supernova explosion, evidence of alien technology or something else altogether? In this riveting talk, Meech tells the story of how her team raced against the clock to find answers about this unexpected gift from afar.


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It definitely is intelligent. It took one look at earth and kept going!

Author — velveetaslingshot

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...should’ve called it ‘ALOHA’...Hello & Goodbye 👋👽🛸

Author — sunia akaveka

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For all we know it could've been sent by a collection of mega advanced civilastions to map out the galaxy kinda like a Google map car

Author — Karlito savedbyChrist

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Its a Tesla Truck. Elon Musk likes to play games with us.

Author — Ágoston Berkó

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"Oumuamua" comes...
*Sees TikTok*
*OK KIDS WE ARE IN THE WRONG SOLAR SYSTEM CLOSE YOUR EYES!*

Author — Wizzah

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It is a projectile meant to hit us but it missed. It will be back after calibration.

Author — soxy topacio

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If they are aliens

I just hope they're friendly refugees like district 9.

...and not evil New World Order aliens like XCOM 2

Author — Don

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2 years later and no spaceship, cool story bro.

Author — booh254

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When aliens ride by our solar system in their UFO they tell their kids to lock the doors.

Author — RC Doomslayer

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It isnt the first object of outer solar system.. 😆 We just didnt had technology to detect previous.

Author — Raitis Puķītis

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Kind of astronomy topic is what I love a lot, could TED invite more astronomers or researchers to talk about kind of issue like this?

It’s really interesting

Author — 尋找快樂

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trump please build a wall around our solar system and have ET pay for it.

Author — Roger Diking

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It's a huge space dildo ...
get over it..
there's probably a bunch of extraterrestrial beings trying to troll us..

Author — Chuck Black

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Steven Hawking said to make our presence known to others is dangerous.

Author — I Am Gold

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Prepping us for the staged "Alien 👽 invasion" much ?

Author — Master Of Darkness

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You have a detailed pic of a super nova but cant get a clear picture of a rock that was not far from earth 🤔🤔🤔🤔 interesting

Author — Speed Styl

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One of the better oumuamua presentations. Thank you.

Author — Christopher Knapp

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I feel unease because the speaker is like gasping for air. I was like suffocating

Author — It's Geckopanda!

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It's probably made in China from another solar system.

Author — sammy

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Adronis channeled by Brad Johnson told the whole story what that asteroid was, check it out...

Author — Jorma Lindberg