The object coming from the boundaries of our system is unique – that’s why

A celestial body, which is the size of a very small planet or comet, is approaching within our Solar System from the confines of the latter. It’s called 2014 UN271 and experts can’t wait to study it even more in detail, as it could be the largest object ever discovered by the Oort cloud so far.

In particular, scientists will be able to study the celestial body in 2031, when it reaches its closest point to Earth; do not expect a “close” approach, since on that occasion 2014 UN271 will be at the same distance from the Sun of Saturn … certainly “close” when we refer to the galactic scales of our Solar System.

The hope is to be able to steal all the necessary information because the next time the object will pass again in another 612,190 years. The bizarre orbit of the space rock leads him to wander around our “galactic neighborhood” and, at times, he almost ends up “escaping” into interstellar space (a place already reached by the Voyager probes ).

As you can imagine, it is very rare for such an object to show up from the outer solar system to the inner one. The opportunity to study 2014 UN271, therefore, will certainly be seized by many experts (and telescopes) around the world, since ad hoc missions are usually created to study these objects ( such as the New Horizons space probe ).

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