Scientists Want to Build an ‘Interstellar Interceptor’ to Play Hide and Seek with the Next ‘Oumuamua’

Artist’s depiction of the first identified interstellar object, ‘Oumuamua. (Image credit: M. Kornmesser/ESO)

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A team of scientists has proposed building an “interstellar interceptor,” a spacecraft capable of a close approach to the next asteroid or comet to enter space. solar system.

So far, astronomers have seen two such objects whizzing through our galaxy: the cigar-shaped interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua, which first spotted in October 2017 and made headlines as a suspected alien probeand comet 2I/Borisov, those astronomers first spotted in August 2019.

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