For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space.
This created a unique problem for the naming of this object.
The IAU also created a new class of objects for interstellar asteroids, with this object being the first to receive this designation.
When these types of things break I like to allow a little bit of time for more research, observations, and perspectives to be published. I’ve been soaking in everything I can about this object over the last few days. The entire thing is so so cool.
What a year it has been in astronomical observations!