The mysterious asteroid Oumuamua is debris dug into a planet similar to Pluto in another solar system. This is the hypothesis put forward by American scientists, the corresponding content is published in the scientific publication Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.
Although it resembles a comet, in addition to its unusually shaped resemblance, Oumuamua differs from the comet in terms of speed, as well as the lack of a characteristic gas “tail” like comets.
After calculating the speed, mass and shape of the object, the scientists discovered that solid nitrogen perfectly matches the characteristics of the materials that make up Oumuamide. Since solid nitrogen ice is a key part of the makeup of Pluto’s surface, researchers believe the asteroid could be made of the same material.
According to Jackson, Oumuamua may have broken away from a planet like Pluto around half a billion years ago.
The fact that it is made up of frozen nitrogen also explains the irregular shape of Oumuamua. As the outer layers of nitrogenous ice evaporated, the object’s shape became flatter, ”the astrophysicist said.
Asteroid Oumuamua was the first interstellar object discovered in the solar system on October 19, 2017 using a panoramic telescope and the Pan-STARRS1 rapid response system on the island of Hawaii. In the Hawaiian language, this name means “the first messenger from afar”. It was originally considered a comet, but later, due to its lack of comet activity, was reclassified as an asteroid.
This space object is unlike anything in our solar system. Its dry surface, unusually elongated shape, and the mysterious nature of the movement have even led some scientists to believe it was an alien exploration vessel.