ESOcast 167: VLT sees `Oumuamua getting a boost

Astronomers have found that ‘Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System, is moving away from the Sun faster than expected. Using data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope, and from NASA/ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of researchers concluded that ‘Oumuamua is most likely outgassing — suggesting that this enigmatic interstellar nomad is a peculiar comet rather than an asteroid.

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Directed by: Mathias Jäger. 
Visual Design and Editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Martin Kornmesser. 
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Calum Turner and Mathias Jäger. 
Music: Stellardrone. 
Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa. 
Footage and photos: ESO, ESA/Hubble NASA, ESA, Luis Calçada , M. Kornmesser and G. Hüdepohl (atacamaphoto.com). 
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Id:eso1820a
Release date:27 June 2018, 19:00
Related releases:eso1820
Related announcements:ann18051
Duration:05 m 43 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua)
Type:Unspecified : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Category:ESOcast

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