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

Artist’s depiction 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 getting up close and personal with the next asteroid or comet to enter Earth. Solar System.

So far, astronomers have detected two such objects ringing through our star system: the cigar-shaped interstellar visitor Oumuamua, which was First spotted in October 2017 And made headlines like suspected space probeAnd comet 2I / Borisov, which astronomers First spotted in August 2019.

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