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Nature’s news this month of an unusually-shaped asteroid from beyond our solar system is intriguing. Its name (‘Oumuamua is Hawaiian for ‘scout’ or ‘messenger’) suggests a harbinger from the distant past. Tracked from the direction of Vega, it is possible that ours is the first star system ‘Oumuamua has encountered in a long, long time.

What message do you bring us, ‘Oumuamua?

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