CFHT UM2019 - Presentation Details

Abstract Details

Title: The role of CFHT in the discovery and early characterization of `Oumuamua

Presenter: Richard Wainscoat


The first interstellar object, `Oumuamua, was discovered by the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on October 19, 2017. Followup observations obtained with CFHT immediately afterwards played a key role in establishing the orbit as hyperbolic, and clearly showed that the object had a point-like appearance. Subsequent photometric observations showed that the object had a dramatic light curve implying a shape unlike most objects in our solar system. Prospects for the discovery of additional interstellar objects will also be discussed.