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ʻOumuamua is the first and currently only interstellar object detected passing through the Solar System. ʻOumuamua appears to have come from roughly the direction of Vega in the constellation Lyra. It entered the Solar System from north of the plane of the ecliptic. The pull of the Sun’s gravity caused it to speed up until it reached its maximum speed of 87.71 km/s (315,800 km/h) as it passed south of the ecliptic on 6 September and made a sharp turn upward at its closest approach to the Sun (perihelion) on 9 September at a distance of 0.255 AU (38,100,000 km; 23,700,000 mi) from the Sun, i.e., about 17% closer than Mercury’s closest approach to the Sun. The object is now heading away from the Sun towards Pegasus towards a vanishing point 66° from the direction of its approach.