Data From US Space Command Suggests Interstellar Object Reached Earth Years Ago

The meteor attracted the interest because of its velocity, which surpassed 130,000 miles per hour. This combined with data from the US space command suggests that an interstellar object reached Earth years ago.

Data From US Space Command Suggests Interstellar Object Reached Earth Years Ago - Media

In 2014, a meteor burst in the sky in Papua New Guinea, perhaps dumping “interstellar debris” into the ocean.

According to Vice’s Motherboard, debris from beyond our solar system could be residing on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean after being carried there by a meteorite from some other star system, according to a memo from the US Space Command.

The meteor erupted in the sky around Papua New Guinea on January 2014, according to the news site, and it is probable that it “sprinkled interstellar debris” into the water.

“I get a kick out of just thinking about the fact that we have interstellar material that was delivered to Earth, and we know where it is,” said Amir Siraj, a theoretical astrophysicist at Harvard University who, with Avi Loeb, the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University, co-authored a study in 2019 proposing that perhaps the item in query might have been an interstellar meteor.

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“One thing that I’m going to be checking—and I’m already talking to people about—is whether it is possible to search the ocean floor off the coast of Papua New Guinea and see if we can get any fragments,” Siraj added.

The meteor attracted the interest of Siraj and Loeb because its velocity, which surpassed 130,000 miles per hour, indicated “a possible origin from the deep interior of a planetary system or a star in the thick disk of the Milky Way galaxy”

However, once the investigators published their findings to The Astrophysical Journal Letters, “the study became snarled during the review process by missing information withheld from the CNEOS database by the US government” as the news organization put it, because the US Department of Defense operates a few of the sensors culpable for sensing asteroids.

Now, according to a recently disclosed statement from the US Space Command, Joel Mozer, Chief Scientist of Space Operations Command, “confirmed that the velocity estimate reported to NASA is sufficiently accurate to indicate an interstellar trajectory,” confirming the researchers’ claim.

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