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Oumuamua

Visitor from alien star system wears insulating coat: astronomers

A cigar-shaped rock zooming through our Solar System -- the first object from a foreign star system ever spotted in our midst -- is cloaked in a coat of organic material, astronomers said Monday. Dubbed Oumuamua, Hawaiian for "messenger" or "scout", the object was first viewed by telescopes in October. Given its weird trajectory, surprised scientists immediately concluded it was from beyond our own planetary system. Astronomers had long assumed that interstellar objects -- from other star systems -- would be mainly…