Astronomers plan to fish an interstellar meteorite out of the ocean using a massive magnet

An illustration of an asteroid barreling toward Earth.

Astronomers are planning a fishing trip to land an extraterrestrial interloper on Earth: A small meteorite from another star system that crashed into the Pacific Ocean with energy equivalent to about 121 tons (110 metric tons) of TNT.

The team, from Harvard University, hopes to find fragments of this interstellar rock — known as CNEOS 2014-01-08 — which slammed into Earth on January 8, 2014.

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