Top-secret documents have finally been released, revealing details of a mysterious object that exploded in space eight years ago.
The blazing fireball was spotted over the southwestern Pacific Ocean in Papua New Guinea back in 2014.
It has now been confirmed as an interstellar object.
In fact, it is the first interstellar meteor discovered in our solar system.
The rock was only 1.5 feet wide and was hurtling toward Earth at an incredible speed of 130,000 miles per hour.
Such speeds are unheard of for meteors in our solar system.
Some debris from this is believed to have ended up in the South Pacific as well.
Harvard space experts Amir Siraj and Avi Loeb made the decision years ago.
But their inquiries were caught up in bureaucracy while officials investigated.
They said in 2019 that it likely came “from deep inside a planetary system or star in the thick disk of the Milky Way.”
The United States Space Command (USSC) has now confirmed details in a newly released memo.
Lt. Gen. John E. Shaw, USSC deputy commander, said the results were “accurate enough to confirm an interstellar trajectory.”
Siraj told Vice, “I enjoy just thinking that we have interstellar material that has been delivered to Earth and we know where it is.
“One thing I’m going to check – and I’m already talking to people about this – is if it’s possible to search the seabed off the coast of Papua New Guinea and see if we can get any fragments.”
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