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Interstellar visitor doesn’t appear to be an alien ship, does appear to be covered in organic gunk

With an icy heart.


An artist's idea of what 'Oumuamua might look like.

[European Southern Observatory/M. Kornmesser](European Southern Observatory/M. Kornmesser)

It’s only been two months since astronomers first spotted the long, thin object hurtling through space, coming in at an angle that could only mean one thing: it wasn’t from this solar system, and it wouldn’t be coming back.

The weird object now —‘Oumuamua—but we’re still, but they about the oddly-shaped object.

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