Destruction of molecular hydrogen ice and Implications for 1I/2017 U1 (`Oumuamua)

@inproceedings{Hoang2020DestructionOM,
  title={Destruction of molecular hydrogen ice and Implications for 1I/2017 U1 (`Oumuamua)},
  author={Thiem C. Hoang and A. Loeb},
  year={2020}
}
  • Thiem C. Hoang, A. Loeb
  • Published 2020
  • Physics
  • The first interstellar object observed in our solar system, 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua), exhibited a number of peculiar properties, including extreme elongation, tumbling, and acceleration excess. Recently, Seligman & Laughlin (2020) proposed that the object was made out of molecular hydrogen (H2) ice. The question is whether H2 objects could survive their travel from the birth sites to the solar system. Here we study destruction processes of icy H2 objects through their journey from giant molecular… CONTINUE READING

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