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Scientists want to build an “interstellar interceptor” to play hide and seek with the next “Oumuamua”

Artist’s rendering 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 closing in on and approaching the next asteroid or comet to enter the planet. solar system.

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

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