Meet ‘Oumuamua, the first observed interstellar visitor to our solar system

On October 19, the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii spotted something strange zooming through our solar system. It turned out to be a visitor from beyond our solar system, and it’s unlike anything astronomers have seen before.

It is the first observed object from outside our solar system, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature — and, as the researchers call it, an “oddball.”