Large aspect ratio

Forums Comets C/2017 U1 (PANSTARRS). An interstellar comet? Large aspect ratio

Grant Privett

Apparently, the light curve (if a uniform albedo is assumed) implies a length to width ratio of 6:1 or more which is pretty phenomenal. Theres also a spectral response similar to a Jovian Trojan but dissimilar to a  KBO. How does that form?

Its name is something or other in Hawaiian. Cannot understand how an interstellar interloper plunging through the solar system and boasting a large aspect ratio has not ended up being called Rama – as fans of AC Clarke would know.

Fascinating object. Shame it was at mag 23. But there are, allegedly, lots more around.