Last month, astronomers detected a large object shooting past our Sun. After further analysis of its orbit they have now confirmed that the object—which they have called 1I/2017 U1(‘Oumuamua)—originated from outside our solar system. ‘Oumuamua is a Hawaiian term for messenger, or scout, and its discovery is quite groundbreaking, being the first object we have found confirmed to have formed around another star other than our own. Though it is the first one of its kind to be found, astronomers estimate that there may be another 10,000 or so of these interstellar wanderers roaming our solar system, just passing through, their velocities too great for the Sun to capture them with its gravity.
According to The Guardian:
The latest analyses with ground-based telescopes show that ‘Oumuamua is quite similar to some comets and asteroids in our own solar system. This is important because it suggests that planetary compositions like ours could be typical across the galaxy.
Which is all very well and good and nerdtastically awesome.
But so is Reddit’s take. There, on hearing of the news, a screenplay spontaneously started to come to life…
I’m hooked already.