“We are fighting on borders, on resources. … It would make us feel part of planet Earth as a civilization rather than individual countries voting on Brexit.” 😀
“It might be an alien couple on vocation… they probably took one look at us, and where like “Honey, this looks like a bad neighbourhood… I don’t like it… PLEASE KEEP GOING! SPEED UP! Please let’s just get out of here”
“Okay okay… we’ll try somewhere else”
I’m surprised we didn’t throw a nuke at it or something!
(remember the LA riots? When people in cars would slow down for a look, realise that probably wasn’t such a good idea… and then got the fuck out of there as quickly as possible! 😀 … same thing)
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A distinguished Harvard University professor is not backing down from his claims that a piece of extraterrestrial spacecraft technology may be flying past the orbit of Jupiter at this moment.
Avi Loeb, one of the top astronomy professors in the world, boasting of decades of Ivy League professorships and hundreds of publicized works in respected astronomy publications, is remaining defiant that the space object – dubbed as “Oumuamua” – first noticed by Hawaiian astronomers in 2017 could be from another civilization.
“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that ‘Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,” Loeb and his colleague Shmuel Bialy wrote in Astrophysical Journal Letters in November, according to the Washington Post.
Since making the shock claim last year, many scientists have criticized Loeb for offering, in their view, the most sensationalist theory of what the object is.
“Oumuamua is not an alien spaceship, and the authors of the paper insult honest scientific inquiry to even suggest it,” Ohio State University astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter wrote in a tweet. Other scientists are more diplomatic and haven’t publicly countered Loeb’s claims, only saying that the object is likely just some sort of rock, whether it’s a piece of an asteroid or a comet.
But Loeb remains stubborn on this theory, and dismisses the claims that it’s a rock, noting that it’s moving too fast for an inert rock. He told the Post that the object is long yet no more than one millimeter thick, and that it’s so light that sunlight is moving the object out of the solar system.
“Many people expected once there would be this publicity, I would back down,” Loeb says. “If someone shows me evidence to the contrary, I will immediately back down.”
“It changes your perception on reality, just knowing that we’re not alone,” he continued. “We are fighting on borders, on resources. … It would make us feel part of planet Earth as a civilization rather than individual countries voting on Brexit.”
Even as his theories attracted attention around the world, despite his colleagues’ criticism, Loeb says he’s not afraid of any possible repercussions for spreading his theories and wears it as a badge of honor, showing his unorthodox approach to science.
“The mainstream approach [is] you can sort of drink your coffee in the morning and expect what you will find later on. It’s a stable lifestyle, but for me it resembles more the lifestyle of a business person rather than scientists,” he told the newspaper.
“The worst thing that can happen to me is I would be relieved of my administrative duties, and that would give me even more time to focus on science,” he added. “All the titles I have, I can dial them back. In fact, I can dial myself back to the farm.”
‘Oumuamua’ which was first spotted in 2017 has been the subject of much speculation. One major theory backed up by Harvard researchers even claims that it is an alien spaceship.
ave aliens finally found us? Harvard’s top researcher seems to believe so.
In a paper published in November last year by researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics raises the possibility that ‘Oumuamua,’ the elongated dark-red object, which is 10 times as long as it is wide and traveling at speeds of 196,000 mph, might have an “artificial origin.”
The paper was authored by Shmuel Bialy and Abraham Loeb. Loeb just happens to be the chairman of Harvard University’s astronomy department. And six months down the line from the paper being published, he is convinced that Oumuamua is an alien probe. In a Scientific American article, he listed six strange facts about the object.
But what is the ‘object’ in question here, Oumuamua, really?
Here’s what we know of it so far.
If you Google ‘Oumuamua,’ the official Wikipedia page will tell you that it’s classed under the category ‘comet,’ but researchers, including from Harvard, will argue that maybe it could have been an alien probe instead.
ʻOumuamua’ which means “a messenger that reaches out from the distant past” in Hawaiian, is the first ever ‘interstellar object’ ever detected passing through the Solar System. It is formally designated 1I/2017 U1, and was discovered by Robert Weryk using the Pan-STARRS telescope at Haleakala Observatory, Hawaii, on 19 October 2017, 40 days after it passed from its closest point to the Sun.
An ‘interstellar object’ is a broad definition – it is anything other than a star or sub-star, that is located in interstellar space and is not bound by the gravitational pull to a star. It also classes objects that are on interstellar trajectory but are temporarily passing close to a star, such as certain asteroids and comets.
‘Oumuamua’ which looked like a cigar-shaped body floating in space was the first ‘interstellar object’ that was spotted.
Why could Oumuamua possibly be an alien probe?
When ‘Oumuamua’ was discovered, it showed no signs of a comet tail despite its close approach to the Sun, but has since undergone non-gravitational acceleration, potentially consistent with a push from solar radiation pressure. Oumuamua’s system of origin and the amount of time it has spent traveling amongst the stars are also unknown. So the chances of Oumuamua being a comet are very slim.
If ‘Oumuamua’ is not a comet, then what else could it be?
“Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization,” the researchers wrote in the paper, which has been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
The theory is based on the object’s “excess acceleration,” or its unexpected boost in speed as it traveled through and ultimately out of our solar system in January, this year.
“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,” wrote the paper’s authors, Abraham Loeb, professor and chair of astronomy, and Shmuel Bialy, a postdoctoral scholar, at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Spy craft or space junk?
Their theory, however, has been dismissed by other researchers, who state that simply basing it off on the fact that it “could likely” have been a spacecraft is a very slim possibility.
Loeb, however, recently Loeb has shed light on the other astrophysicist’s critique.
Loeb argued that what has been observed from ‘Oumuamua’s behavior means it can’t be, as is commonly imagined, a clump of rock shaped like a long potato, but rather an object that’s very long and no more than 1 millimeter thick, perhaps like a kilometer-long obloid pancake – or a ship sail – so light and thin that sunlight is pushing it out of our solar system.
And while he’s not saying it’s definitely aliens, he is saying he can’t think of anything other than aliens that fits the data. And he’s saying that all over international news.