Alleged Alien Probe Found in Space

09 November, 2018, 21:43 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • An artist's illustration of a UFO in a forest

Oumuamua, a cigar-shaped object spotted in 2017 during its crossing of the solar system, could possibly, under conditions... have been sent by extraterrestrials, according to two Harvard researchers in a sharply criticized scientific article.

The object known formally as 1I/2017 U1 was spotted October 19, 2017 by Robert Weryk of the Institute for Astronomy using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope system on Mount Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii. Second, it seemed to be getting faster-and not through the gravitational pull of other objects, as researchers would expect.The mystery prompted Shmuel Bialy, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and Avi Loeb, another Harvard astronomer, to attempt to figure out what was going on with 'Oumuamua. Further observations gave evidence the object was interstellar in nature, and it left the solar system even faster than it came in after slinging around the sun and reaching 196,000 miles per hour, according to NASA.

Since its discovery, scientists have been at odds to explain its unusual features and precise origins, with researchers first calling it a comet and then an asteroid before finally deeming it the first of its kind: a new class of "interstellar objects".

The scientists speculate that, "considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that Oumuamua is a light sail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment".

We may never know if they are correct.


Axios reported that the study suggests that solar radiation pressure could be behind the object's "peculiar" acceleration around the sun.

"Like most scientists, I would love there to be convincing evidence of alien life, but this isn't it", Alan Fitzsimmons, an astrophysicist at Queen's University, Belfast, told the AFP. "It has already been shown that its observed characteristics are consistent with a comet-like body ejected from another star system". "You have to understand that for scientists, the craziest idea is always publishable, as long as there is a tiny chance that it is not wrong", she wrote on Twitter.

"But until every other possibility has been exhausted dozen times over, even the authors probably don't believe it".

"It is impossible to guess the objective behind Oumuamua without more data", Loeb was quoted as saying.

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