New research finds that ‘Oumuamua, the rocky object identified as the first confirmed interstellar asteroid, very likely came from a binary star system.

“It’s remarkable that we’ve now seen for the first time a physical object from outside our Solar System,” says lead author Dr. Alan Jackson, a postdoc at the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough in Ontario, Canada.

A binary star system, unlike our Sun, is one with two stars orbiting a common center.

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