Dust bunnies in space!

Together with the astronomer Jane X. Luu, Njord and PoreLab UiO professors Eirik Grude Flekkøy and Renaud Toussaint, may have identified the solar system’s largest dust bunny.  

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Illustration: PoreLab/UiO (left) og Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 4.0 (right).

It is an interstellar object, travelling through our solar system, never to return, and was first observed from Hawaii in October 2017. It’s called ‘Oumuamua, meaning “guest” or “scout” in Polynesian, and is approximately 400 meters long, weighing 10 grams per m2. You can read more about it in Titan: “UiO-forskere kan ha påvist en hybelkanin i verdensrommet”. (in Norwegian)