If you’re interested to the immensity of the universe and the various objects that can be found there, this news now made official by the Pentagon may well arouse your interest. We invite you to discover in more detail the first interstellar visitor that landed on our beautiful planet Earth.
A visitor as we see… never
The United States Space Command (USSC) recently confirmed a 2014 study by a team of astronomers, noting that government sensors have detected on Earth a meteor originating outside our solar system. This rock is only the third interstellar object detected in our solar system and the first to enter our atmosphere.
Once scientists have published his research on this meteoric discovery, they may be able to provide us with more information about their content. This ball of fire, which passed through our atmosphere above Papua New Guinea in 2014, therefore, was not an ordinary space pebble: in fact, it was an interstellar meteorite, the first known to have come from outside our system and reached Earth. The rock finally broke during his descentprobably scattering interstellar debris in the South Pacific Ocean.
A proven distant origin
Confirmation of its distant origins came recently, when the USSC posted a note on April 6, 2022, confirming that the meteorite was indeed an interstellar object. This is currently a unique case of its kind as many of the meteors that reach us actually come from a colony of millions of other rocks located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. about 111.5 million km from Earth.
Two researchers from Harvard University were the first to investigate the distant origin of the 2014 meteorite, publishing their research on the arxiv server as early as 2019 (but this data was not peer-reviewed at the time). The unusually high speed of the meteor. (we speak here of 210,000 kilometers per hour) implies a possible origin from the deep interior of a planetary system, or from a star in the thick disk of the milky way.
One of the researchers who worked to publicize this discovery, Amir Siraj, also now wants to find the remains of this meteorite that was scattered to the bottom of the ocean. Can be of something impossible given the decay rate of the object and the tiny pieces that probably resulted from the impact. Amir Siraj thus declares on behalf of popular mechanics:
We are currently studying the possibility of embarking on an ocean expedition to recover the first interstellar meteorite. If found, in-depth analysis of the sample will be carried out to understand its origin and the information it carries about your host system.
We hope that this project will be accepted in the future, in order to have new data on the first interstellar visitor who landed on the ground of the Earth, in the hope of discovering hitherto unknown materials (or, on the contrary, materials about which we already know everything). And if you’re interested in UFOs, you can always find our previous article about the declassification the Pentagon of 3 videos of alleged UFOs in American skies.