Public Talk - First Contact: Uncovering An Interstellar Visitor

Fitzsimmons, A. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Description

On 19 October 2017 an Interstellar Object was spotted passing through our Solar system, the first of its kind to be discovered. With little warning, astronomers had only a few days to study it before it became too faint for detailed investigation, even when using the world’s largest telescopes. Studies revealed a body that matched some of our expectations, but that differed significantly in other aspects. This talk will cover how it was discovered, and what we have learned so far.
Period21 Mar 2018
Held atIrish Astronomical Association, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal