Even though it seemed to have come from the furthest reaches of the Solar System, where comets are supposed to originate.
Scientists have determined that the mystery space rock that lit up the sky across portions of Canada in February 2021 was not a comet.
After ploughing into Earth's atmosphere at 38.5 miles per second, the space rock was noticed in Alberta, Canada.
Shortly before dawn on February 22 of last year, causing a tremendously dazzling light and luminous trail that lasted for many seconds.
Multiple observations led scientists to conclude that the object had been orbiting the sun.
For nearly a thousand years prior to its collision with Earth, placing its origin in the Solar System's distant Oort Cloud.