Oumuamua May Have Been an Alien Spaceship, Astronomers Say

10 November, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • An illustration of ‘Oumuamua the first object we’ve ever seen pass through our own solar system that has interstellar origins

Earlier this week a few Harvard University researchers caused a stir when they suggested space rock Oumuamua may have been an alien probe sent to investigate Earth.

A Hawaiian telescope first spotted "Oumuamua", meaning "a messenger from afar, arriving first" in Hawaiian, in October 2017. Finally, the object was deemed as new class of "interstellar objects" never seen before.

When the object - known as Oumuamua - flew past the sun, astronomers rushed to find out more about it and reviewed data discovering that the object gained speed instead of slowing down.

"It is impossible to guess the goal behind Oumuamua without more data", Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard's astronomy department and a co-author of the paper, told NBC News.

Their theory - and this is really, really cool - is that it might be a light sail, powered by solar radiation and of an "artificial origin" (i.e. built by aliens).

In their new paper, Shmuel Bialy and Abraham Loeb of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggest Oumuamua could have been "a lightsail of artificial origin". "Lightsails with similar dimensions have been designed and constructed by our own civilization", an excerpt from the paper read. Given its high speed and its unusual trajectory, the reddish, stadium-sized whatever-it-is had clearly come from outside our solar system. Loeb is saying that the Oumuamua doesn't exhibit the type of characteristics seen in other comets and asteroids.

That shape would allow solar radiation to push the vessel along and explains the object's unusual acceleration.

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Comets, in particular, are known to speed-up due to a process known as "outgassing", in which the sun heats up the surface of the icy comet, releasing melted gas.

Multiple telescopes focused on the object for three nights to determine what it was before it moved out of sight.

Of course, the pair aren't claiming that Oumuamua's definitely of alien origin. SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, tried to detect signals from the object, but found nothing.

"This is the only other explanation we could come up with", said Avi Loeb, chair of Harvard's department of astronomy.

But Harvard's research team says they're not giving up hope that it's a sign of alien life: they "follow the maxim of Sherlock Holmes: When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth".

"The likelihood of Galactic panspermia is strongly dependent upon the survival lifetime of the putative organisms as well as the velocity of the transporter", Manasvi Lingam and Loeb from this current study said in another paper published previously in the Astrophysical Journal.

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