A spinning space cigar is the first extrasolar asteroid.
When scientists in Hawaii using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope noticed an enigmatic object
Observations showed that this object, which was once believed to be an old comet, was actually an asteroid from another star system.
The enigmatic object, known as 'Oumuamua and given the formal scientific number 1I/2017 U1, has been identified by astronomers as
Researchers rushed to get a good look at the intergalactic intruder, and their efforts have shown that this item is indeed unique.
The object doesn't have a coma, which is the cloud of gas and dust that fizzes from a comet as it approaches the sun, according to these initial photographs.
astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile describe the strange characteristics of U1.
Astronomers estimate that such interstellar visitors shoot though the inner solar system about once a year,