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Giant cometlike object is not an alien ship, astronomers confirm

Sorry, it’s not an alien spaceship. 'Oumuamua—Hawaiian for “a messenger arriving from a great distance”—puzzled astronomers when they first observed the cometlike object gliding through our solar system in 2017. An international team of researchers has finally debunked the idea that the object, roughly two times as tall as the Space Needle and the first from another star system found in our solar system, was some alien technology with a mission to explore outer space, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Its acceleration through space and its composition still remain a mystery, but researchers are confident the object is simply a fragment of a planet ejected from a distant star system, according to research published in Nature Astronomy. Even if it contained little green men, we would never know; the object is now far from us, exploring the space beyond Saturn.

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