# Destruction of Molecular Hydrogen Ice and Implications for 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua)

@article{Hoang2020DestructionOM,
title={Destruction of Molecular Hydrogen Ice and Implications for 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua)},
author={Thiem C. Hoang and Abraham Loeb},
journal={arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies},
year={2020}
}
• Published 15 June 2020
• Physics
• arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies
The first interstellar object observed in our solar system, 1I/2017 U1 (Oumuamua), exhibited a number of peculiar properties, including extreme elongation and acceleration excess. Recently, \cite{Seligman:2020vb} proposed that the object was made out of molecular hydrogen (H$_{2}$) ice. The question is whether H$_2$ objects could survive their travel from the birth sites to the solar system. Here we study destruction processes of icy H$_2$ objects through their journey from giant molecular…
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