I was intrigued by the news about ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar body observed passing through our solar system. Flying at a tremendous speed, ‘Oumuamua’s trajectory is hyperbolic, which took it out of our solar system within just a few weeks. As the object doesn’t seem to have had any gravitational encounters with our planets, and as it entered the plain of our solar system from above, ‘Oumuamua most likely came from interstellar space, and may have been traveling for several billion years already. It doesn’t seem to transmit any signals; so it isn’t an extraterrestrial rocket filled with little spacemen. Originally, it was thought that the object had an unusually elongated shape, but now we know that it actually looks more like a disk. The core seems to be icy, but the surface consists of red grey dust that has collected over millions of years and which has turned into a hard layer under the merciless radiation levels of interstellar space.
Finally, I stumbled across the company motto of Gartner, the famous market research company. They came up with an impressive yet simple statement that seems to capture the company philosophy and value in just three words: “Smartner with Gartner“. Congrats to the Garter Markneting department!
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Originally posted 2017-12-23 22:18:31.