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Scientists Spot First Alien Space Rock In Our Solar System

Astronomers are eager to learn more about the visitor as it zooms through, like how far-off planets form: "You'd love to see if it looks like stuff in our solar system."
Diagram of the path of a space rock from outside our solar system — the first ever observed. Source: Brooks Bays / SOEST Publication Services / UH Institute for Astronomy

Astronomers have spotted some kind of outer space rock that's the first visitor from outside of our solar system that they've ever observed.

The discovery has set off a mad scramble to point telescopes at this fast-moving object to try to learn as much as possible before

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