Animation showing the expected and measured trajectory of `Oumuamua

This animation shows the path of the interstellar object `Oumuamua through the Solar System. Recent measurements of `Oumuamuas flight path show that it is not moving as the laws of celestial mechanics predict — its course is slightly off.

Researchers assume that venting material from its surface due to solar heating is responsible for this behaviour. As outgassing is a behaviour typical for comets, the team thinks that `Oumuamua’s has to be classified as interstellar comet.

 

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NASA/JPL-Caltech

About the Video

Id:eso1820f
Release date:27 June 2018, 19:00
Related releases:eso1820
Duration:17 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua)
Type:Milky Way : Interplanetary Body : Comet
Category:Solar System

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