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Title text: Every time we detect an asteroid from outside the Solar System, we should immediately launch a mission to fling one of our asteroids back in the direction it came from.
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ʻOumuamua is the first detection of an interstellar asteroid passing through the Solar System originating from another solar system.
Megan's list of objects with a similar shape ratio:
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- [Megan walks towards Cueball while looking at her phone. Cueball sits in front of his laptop.]
- Megan: Hey, you know that asteroid that tumbled past from another star system? It's apparently really long and skinny.
- Megan: Like a ratio of 6:1 or 10:1.
- Cueball: Weird. Wonder what it's shaped like.
- Megan: Without more data, it would be irresponsible to speculate further.
- Cueball: So...you're going to?
- Megan: Absolutely.
- Megan: Here are some objects with a similar shape ratio:
- Megan: The 1:4:9 monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Megan: A star destroyer.
- Megan: A huge eggplant emoji.
- Megan: A statue of Weird Al. An iPhone XXXXX. Voltron.
- Megan: A giant space coffin. But what could be inside? We can only guess. I'll start:
- Cueball: This is all based on how many data points, again?
- Megan: One. But it's a perfect fit!
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