Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Scientists reveal mysterious 'Oumuamua' object could be an alien spacecraft

Scientists reveal mysterious 'Oumuamua' object could be an alien spacecraft

In late October, 2017, NASA said the recently discovered interstellar visitor appeared "to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy".

"For decades we've theorized that such interstellar objects are out there, and now―for the first time―we have direct evidence they exist", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in a 2017 news release. Studies re-examining the light signals more carefully suggest that Oumuamua could be very elongated cigar-shaped to pancake-shaped."What is clear is that it can't have a shape that is almost spherical - like normal rocks we know", he said.Loeb said the mystery of Oumuamua's origin remains.

"Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment", the scientists wrote. Now, a paper from Harvard astronomers suggests one more possibility into the mysterious object nicknamed "Oumuamua": Alien probe.

"Light sails with similar dimensions was designed and built by our own civilization, including the IKAROS project and" Starshot Initiative ". "The lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargos between planets or between stars". Loeb is saying that the Oumuamua doesn't exhibit the type of characteristics seen in other comets and asteroids.

The cigar-shaped rock is now speeding through the galaxy and is the first known interstellar object to enter our solar system.

Some experts think its flattened, elongated shape and the way it accelerated on its trajectory through the solar system set it apart from conventional asteroids and comets. But Oumuamua wasn't "coma", of the atmosphere and dust that surround the comet, when they melt.

Another scientist, also studying Oumuamua - and who identified four dwarf stars that could be Oumuamua's point of origin - says the object moved too haphazardly to collect any valuable information, even if it was a probe.

Of course, the pair aren't claiming that Oumuamua's definitely of alien origin.

The only other explanation that comes to mind is the extra force exerted on Oumuamua by sunlight.

A new study as found a huge cigar-shaped object travelling through space could be an alien spaceship.

'Like most scientists, I would love there to be convincing evidence of alien life, but this isn't it, ' said Alan Fitzsimmons, an astrophysicist at Queens University, Belfast.

In a letter published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters on 12 November, the researchers add that Oumuamua could be a spacecraft pushed along by light falling on its surface.

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