400 meter long foreign space rock spotted in our solar system
New York : A space rock from another star has been spotted cruising in our solar system, said a report.
NASA claims that the rock is about 400-meter in size and travelling at a speed of nearly 27 miles a second.
The space rock has been hanging around in our cosmic neighborhood for a couple of months now. It is believed that the rock has started moving out towards another part of Galaxy.
The space rock was first spotted on October 19 by a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, Rob Weryk. He saw a small bright object streaking across the sky.
Weryk looked through the archives for the Pan-STARRS telescope, which conducts nightly sky surveys in search of celestial objects moving through the space near Earth, and found the mysterious body in images as far back as early September.
"This is the most extreme orbit I have ever seen," Davide Farnocchia, a scientist at NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a news release. "It is going extremely fast and on such a trajectory that we can say with confidence that this object is on its way out of the solar system and not coming back."
Ever since, it has been learned that the asteroid is moving out from our solar syastem, the astronomers are rushing to get its one glimpse before it vanishes.