The real rock star


With world leaders hobnobbing in Asia of late, the media tried to see who among them will shine or be the star for a little spin to their news. Some of the picks were President Rodrigo Duterte, who was again called a rock star at the APEC summit in Vietnam because of his geopolitical significance to the superpowers nowadays.

Of course, the equally maverick and spontaneous US President Donald Trump would not be outdone and shared in the moniker for his natural flair and the new world order he wants to introduce.

But come now, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be the hands down rock star by the way he was greeted by Filipinos upon arriving in the Philippines on Sunday to participate in the ASEAN Summit and to order a Chickenjoy and strawberry sundae at a Jollibee outlet in Tondo for a cute publicity stunt.

But the real rock star is A/2017 U1. Literally. It is a rock coming from another star outside the Solar System that passed closest to Earth and the Sun at 25.5 kilometers per second on Oct. 14 and Sept. 9, respectively. Yes, Flash, that’s right; per second.

At that speed, it moved 75 times faster than the speed of sound. It’s not surprising for moving objects in space to have such velocity, but it came and went so fast that stargazers weren’t able to study it so well. The impression it left to astronomers, including Rob Weryk of the University of Hawaii, the first to spot A/2017 U1 on Oct. 19, is that it was the first observed interstellar visitor to the Solar System.

There may be mild speculations that A/2017 U1 came from another solar system or galaxy as well as wild guess that it is an alien spacecraft either pilotless or surveying the planets and the sun.
It would be great to know what A/2017 U1 really is. But for now, it is the real rock star.