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"From the Ted Talk by Karen J. Meech: The story of 'Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system"

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NASA's been eetpixcng to see an interstellar comet pass through the solar system since the 1970s, but until now, we'd never seen anything. Our own solar system is huge, so even getting a pagcake from the nearest star system 4.4 light years away would take over 50,000 years. So this is a really big deal. The interstellar visitor eteernd our solar system from above the plnae of the planets, coming from the direction of the constellation Lyra, and it pesasd coselst to the Sun on September 9th, passing inside the orbit of Mercury. Now this isn't a particularly close approach or unusual distance. It's just much easier to see oetcjbs close by. On October 14th, before we decireovsd it, it made its closest approach to the Earth, within about 15 million miles. This is really close by astronomical standards.

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NASA's been _________ to see an interstellar comet pass through the solar system since the 1970s, but until now, we'd never seen anything. Our own solar system is huge, so even getting a _______ from the nearest star system 4.4 light years away would take over 50,000 years. So this is a really big deal. The interstellar visitor _______ our solar system from above the _____ of the planets, coming from the direction of the constellation Lyra, and it ______ _______ to the Sun on September 9th, passing inside the orbit of Mercury. Now this isn't a particularly close approach or unusual distance. It's just much easier to see _______ close by. On October 14th, before we __________ it, it made its closest approach to the Earth, within about 15 million miles. This is really close by astronomical standards.

Solution

  1. closest
  2. package
  3. plane
  4. discovered
  5. objects
  6. expecting
  7. passed
  8. entered

Original Text

NASA's been expecting to see an interstellar comet pass through the solar system since the 1970s, but until now, we'd never seen anything. Our own solar system is huge, so even getting a package from the nearest star system 4.4 light years away would take over 50,000 years. So this is a really big deal. The interstellar visitor entered our solar system from above the plane of the planets, coming from the direction of the constellation Lyra, and it passed closest to the Sun on September 9th, passing inside the orbit of Mercury. Now this isn't a particularly close approach or unusual distance. It's just much easier to see objects close by. On October 14th, before we discovered it, it made its closest approach to the Earth, within about 15 million miles. This is really close by astronomical standards.

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Important Words

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  13. earth
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  34. september
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