There's something strange in the solar neighborhood. "We've never seen anything like this before," Rob Weryk tells the New York Times. Earlier this month, the astronomer at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy discovered a mysterious object zipping through our solar system.
Calculations show it came within 24 million miles of the sun on Sept. 9 and 15 million miles of Earth on Oct. 14 while traveling at a blinding 37 miles per second. Calculations also show something unprecedented: the object, currently classified as asteroid A/2017 U1, is the first confirmed to have arrived in our solar system from another. “It is fairly certain we are dealing with our first truly identified alien visitor,” Professor Alan Fitzsimmons tells the Guardian.