First known interstellar
meteor to ever hit Earth crashed along the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea in 2014,
An interstellar meteor
is a space rock that originates from outside our solar system -- a rare occurrence.
This one is known
as CNEOS 2014-01-08, and it crash-landed along the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea on January 8, 2014.
This Interstellar space rock
likely kicked out of its own planetary system before heading toward our corner of the universe.
Researchers want to retrieve
part of it from the Pacific Ocean, which may not be possible. But it would be the "holy grail of interstellar objects" if they could.
The meteor was moving
at a high speed of about 28 miles per second (45 kilometers per second) relative to Earth