The alien ship that visited our planet in 2017 left a message for scientists

According to Harvard professor Avi Loeb, an alien spacecraft visited our solar system in 2017 and sent a “message” to the scientific community.
In October 2017, Canadian astronomer Robert Weryk made a startling discovery. Using data from the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS1 telescope at the Kaleakala Observatory in Hawaii, Weryk has detected a strange elongated object the size of a football field in our solar system, 300,000 kilometers away.

Strangest of all, it seemed to have sped up a bit, propelled by some unknown force.

Due to its peculiar orbit, it passed close to our sun, leading scientists to speculate that the space object, later named ‘Oumuamua, or “scout” in Hawaiian, was the first visitor outside our solar system.

Over the past three years, numerous attempts have been made to explain the unique features of ‘Oumuamua. It has been speculated that it is a hydrogen iceberg, while others speculate that it is a space rock flying in space, coated in a layer of “organic sunscreen.”

The solution may please Avi Loeb, an astronomer and professor of physics at Harvard University.

His controversial claim that ‘Oumuamua was a probe sent by an alien civilization has received much media attention and, unsurprisingly, divided scholars.

Loeb explores his fascinating insights in his new book, “Aliens: The First Signs of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” which uses the story of “Oumuamua” as the basis for a larger conversation:

The scientific community, which has long debated the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence, must take this fight seriously.

In an interview with Futurism, Loeb said: “Scientists’ explanations fail to describe many of ‘Oumuamua’s properties and peculiarities. According to him, the scientific community “endorses something we’ve never seen before.”

Loeb’s “dust rabbit” concept theorizes that ‘Oumuamua’s peculiar trajectory can be explained by its extremely low density.

“The problem is that I don’t think a dust bunny the size of a football field would survive a million-year journey into interstellar space,” Loeb said, dismissing that theory. “I mean, I don’t think it will stick together.”

Scientific explanations that attempted to insert ‘Oumuamua into an existing scientific framework made no sense to Loeb.

“The point is, for one thing, you can’t say it’s natural, and when you try to explain it with natural processes, you end up with things we haven’t seen before,” Loeb said.

In this way, he fell into the hands of aliens. According to Loeb’s extraterrestrial ideas, ‘Oumuamua could be a solar sail sent to Earth from another star system.

A solar sail, sometimes called an auxiliary sail, is a spacecraft propulsion device that converts low-pressure solar radiation into motion.

Earth scientists have experimented with the concept; In 2019, the Humane Planetary Society introduced LightSail-2, a vessel that uses 340 square feet of ultra-thin, reflective Mylar coating to gradually propel itself forward.

According to Loeb, ‘Oumuamua’s sudden acceleration could be explained by a solar sail powered by starlight.

If it weren’t for the dust rabbit, the astronomer deduces that the interstellar visitor must be very small, probably “less than a millimeter thick” by his calculations.

The Astronomer’s Solar Sail concludes by “following in the footsteps of detective Sherlock Holmes.” When all other options are removed, the only option left is the truth.

For many astronomers in the field, Loeb’s conclusion is an exaggeration because it is often questioned.

In a 2019 paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, an international team of academics found “no compelling evidence to support an ‘alien explanation of ‘Oumuamua’.”

“Oumuamua’s properties are consistent with a natural origin,” University of Maryland astronomer Matthew Knight, a co-author of the paper, told Reuters at the time. “The extraterrestrial explanation is unfounded.”

‘Oumuamua, they claim, is a ‘planetesle’, or a small part of a planetary building block that recently passed through our solar system.

Weryk, who was the first to discover the object, had little to say about Loeb’s theory. In 2018, he told the CBC: “It’s wild speculation to be honest.”

“I think it’s a remnant from another solar system. It’s pure coincidence, and we were lucky our telescopes were looking in that direction that night,” Weryk continued.

These rebuttals appear to have strengthened Loeb’s research into ‘Oumuamua’s extraterrestrial origins and prompted his impassioned appeal to the scientific community to take SETI research seriously, as he recounts in his book.

For Loeb, it’s about reading the stars with an open mind.

He told Futurism that modesty is his guiding concept. “If we are not arrogant, if we are modest, we will respond that life as we know it must be ordinary.”

“We now know from Kepler data that about half of all Sun-like stars have an Earth-like planet at roughly the same distance, so it could have liquid water and the chemistry of life as we know it.” , said. Loeb. referring to the “habitable zone” of a star system, which could theoretically support life.

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