Astronomers spotted another Interstellar Object

Hawaiian observatory captures a mysterious space object, to be the second ‘interstellar visitor’ ever observed.

The first such interstellar object ever detected, the mysterious cigar-shaped space rock ‘Oumuamua, passed through our Solar System in 2017.

Astronomers have spotted an object that looks likely to be a very rare visitor from outside our Solar System. If confirmed, it would be only the second object ever detected passing through our neighbourhood (Gif: animation of 1st interstellar visitor, )

Like Oumuamua, this curious object is a comet, although it cuts a very different shape in the sky. Dubbed C/2019 Q4, this comet is relatively large at a few kilometers in diameter, and is very active ()

Comet C/2019 Q4’

Comet C/2019 Q4’s appearance against background stars. This possible interstellar object, it will approach no closer to Earth than about 190 million miles (300 million km). Image credit NASA/JPL-Caltech.