Juneau, AK (KINY) - NASA is claiming that scientists may have witnessed the first interstellar object, but they're not quite sure as to what it is exactly.
Currently being called A/2017 U1, the object was discovered earlier this month by a researcher at the University of Hawaii using an advanced telescope system that continually scans the universe for an anomaly.
Paul Chodas, manager of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Center of Near Earth Object Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has been "waiting for this day for decades."
The object has a quarter mile in diameter and it stood out due to its extreme orbit, coming in from the direction of the constellation Lyra, almost directly above the elliptical plane where the planets and other asteroids orbit the sun.
NASA's Davide Farnocchia said, ""It is going extremely fast and on such a trajectory that we can say with confidence that this object is on its way out of the solar system and not coming back,"
The object is frantically being studied as it travels through our solar system.
If the object is truly unique, a new naming convention would be set by the International Astronomical Union, that's according to NASA scientists.
While it is still unclear what the object could be, whether its an asteroid, comet, or something entirely new, the fact remains that this is an event has piqued the science world's interests.
Story first discovered on CNN.