Most asteroids miss Earth at a safe distance.

Confirmed! 2014 meteor is Earth’s first known interstellar visitor

Astronomers have confirmed that a suspicious space rock that hit Earth in 2014 came from another star system, predating famous interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua by three years.

Researchers found the meteor in the catalog from NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) in 2019. At that time, however, some of the rock’s trajectory data was kept secret by the US Department of Defense (DoD), whose sensors collected it .

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