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?