A new study claims that interstellar objects like Ouamuamua could have a positive impact on the formation of some planets. Oumuamua was discovered back in 2017, and many scientists were baffled by the elusive nature of the object. It traveled at a speed that was impossible to reach within the boundaries of the solar system, an unusual trait which signaled that it came from the depths of interstellar space.
At first, some researchers believed that it might have been a simple comet (which are often found through space as they travel at a high velocity). The lack of the of any comet-like features led to the reclassification of the object as an asteroid. Further analysis revealed that Oumuamua released a small amount of material which was quite hard to detect at first, which meant that it was once again deemed to be a comet.
Interstellar Objects Had Been Beneficial For The Solar System
It was just a matter of time until the first conspiracy theories surfaced, with some voices claiming that Oumuamua was, in fact, a probe sent by alien to survey our solar system. This theory was quickly shot down by many researchers, but it remained popular on select internet forums.
By using specific data collected during the observation process, some researchers calculated that there could be as many as 1014 objects on par with the size of Oumuamua per cubic light year, which means that trillions of similar objects could be found in the known universe.
A team of scientists claims that objects like Oumumua have the potential to accelerate the development of certain planets. As a star starts to form some materials will float out to the borders of the protoplanetary disk. Some parts of matter will stick to others. Other objects will hit these planetesimals, and they continue to grow. It is thought that the presence of several interstellar objects like Oumuamua will increase the speed of the formation project since they can be collected and integrated into the new planet without issues.
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