We have visitors in our solar system.
It's cylindrical, black and red, one quarter-mile long.
Object will not stay.
This fall, astronomers announced that this thing entered the neck of the Milky Way at 196,000 miles an hour.
It is now leaving at the fastest speed it has come.
The trajectory of this object is so strange that it is so fast that it may not come from within our solar system.
Its discoverer concluded that the object, a rare interstellar traveller from outside the solar system, was the first such object observed by humans.
Astronomers at the University of Hawaii found goals
The STARRS 1 telescope says the visitor is an asteroid.
In October, they named the asteroid "oumuamua"
The Hawaiian language of "messenger.
"Oumuamua, which looks like rock or metal, lacks the features of a comet.
Although some scientists will soon say that "oumuamua may be natural", they have not ruled out more unusual origins.
"In fact, the possibility that this object is a man-made object --
Essentially, it's a spaceship.
"It's a distant possibility," Andrew simian, director of the Berkeley search alien intelligence research center, told The Washington Post on Monday.
Eliion is a member of the breakthrough listening program: a $100 million project supported by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, aimed at finding alien intelligence.
This week, researchers who broke through the listening program announced that a radio telescope would detect "oumuamua" and look for signs of technology.
Located in the mountains of the West Virginia green shore Observatory, the telescope began its search on Wednesday.
"The behavior of Oumuamua is very strange.
Planets and asteroids rotate around the sun on the same plane, just as water rotates around the basin.
"Oumuamua sneaked into the solar system from outside the plane, just like leaking from the cosmic faucet.
It is also very strange in shape.
Most asteroids of this size are spherical.
The object has a huge proportion of cucumbers.
In fact, according to the Atlantic, Harvard University astronomers Avi Loeb recently told Milner that "oumuamua has the best design for a ship that travels through space.
However, all of its features are "exactly the same as natural objects," said Karen Meher, an astronomers at the University of Hawaii who led the research team to measure the physical properties of "oumuamu.
Nevertheless, we cannot deny this unlikely assumption.
"Astronomers on Earth have turned their sensors to the object.
The European Southern Observatory followed Chile's initial Hawaii probe and stared at "oumuamua" through a very large telescope in Chile ".
While the most likely explanation for "oumuamua" is that it is a lifeless rock, scientists will not let it breeze through without censorship.
That's why they use green banks.
Over the past 18 months, SETI astronomers have installed detectors on telescopes to look for signs of electronic activity in space.
If there is no more powerful electronic device than a WiFi router or phone to transmit on "oumuamua", the telescope will be able to sense it.
"The Green Bank is the world's most capable radio telescope for this type of observation," said eliion . ".
"This is an opportunity that a person does not want to miss, even if the chances of success are very low," Meech said . ".
SETI researchers usually measure the distance of curious objects in light. years.
Oumuamua is still in the light range.
A few minutes of Earth
She added: "You will never know if you don't try this experiment.