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Scientists want to build an “interstellar interceptor” to play hide and seek with the next “Oumuamua”.

An artist’s rendering of the first identified interstellar object, ‘Oumuamua. (Image credit: M. Kornmesser/ESO)

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A team of scientists has proposed building an “interstellar interceptor,” a spacecraft capable of getting very close to the next asteroid or comet it strikes solar system.

So far, astronomers have spotted two such objects whizzing through our star system: the cigar-shaped interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua, which was First sighted in October 2017 and made headlines as a suspected extraterrestrial probeand the comet 2I/Borisov, the astronomer First sighted in August 2019.

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