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Astronomers detect interstellar object invading another distant solar system

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) astronomers think they have detected for the first time an interstellar object that has invaded another distant solar system and disturbed material in its protoplanetary accretion disk.

From the paper’s abstract:

A point source ~4,700 au [astronomical unit, equal to about 100 million miles] from the binary has been discovered at both millimetre and centimetre wavelengths. It is located along the extension of a ~2,000 au streamer structure previously found in scattered light imaging, whose counterpart in dust and gas emission is also newly identified. Comparison with simulations shows signposts of a rare flyby event in action.

This data further confirms that interactions between interstellar objects occur with reasonably frequency, and can thus act to influence the formation of solar systems.

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2 comments

  • LocalFulff

    Interstellar objects have a social life too.
    It’s like Christmas when the family comes visiting. Very nice, thank you very much. I’ll visit you next year as revenge, so do be warned. Oh. what nice cookies you have baked! Let me just cook some coffee so that I have some hot water to dip them in before I try to chew these dangerous things. I lost a tooth last year, you know.

    Anyway, that’s what Swedish Christmas is like. We never asked for it. Some German priests came a 1000 years ago and introduced it. We used to celebrate Freja, the God of Love. Or actually the God of Sex as it were to be frank, in the midwinter darkness. That’s why we eat ‘saffron buns” (but without the saffron back then), and that’s a tradition that has not yet been eradicated. It is baked in a shape that represents the God of Sex, with two parts intertwined.

  • sippin_bourbon

    Reasonable frequency is, of course, a relative term. But we had one here recently too.

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