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    Interstellar Asteroid Hurtles Into Our Solar System

    It’s not from around here. That’s what scientists are saying about a half-mile-long cigar-shaped space rock discovered last month by astronomers in Hawaii. They’ve named the object Oumuamua, which means “a messenger from afar arriving first” in Hawaiian, noting that it’s nothing like the other 750,000 known comets and asteroids: Oumuamua’s high velocity and unusual orbit suggest it was ejected by another system, making it the first interstellar object to reach our cosmic neighborhood. Astronomers are now rushing to observe it before it sails back into the void.

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