Harvard scientists say Oumuamua may be probe sent by "alien civilization"

Christopher Davidson
November 11, 2018

A Harvard paper is arguing that a cigar-shaped interstellar object, now named Oumuamua, is possibly an alien probe sent to investigate earth.

This fantastic, and much ridiculed, explanation of the true nature of this mysterious hunk of "rock" christened 'Oumuamua by astronomers was put forth by Shmuel Bialy and Prof.

A pair of Harvard scientists say a massive, fast-moving visitor to our solar system may have been a probe sent by an advance alien civilization.

"The evidence about Oumuamua is not conclusive but interesting". In order for it to be effective, Oumuamua needs to be less than a millimetre in thickness, like a sail.

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Another possibility is this mystery object might be debris from an advanced technological equipment.

"Oumuamua deviates from a trajectory that is exclusively dictated by the Sun's gravity. These features make Oumuamua weird, belonging to a class of objects that we had never seen before", said Abraham Loeb, from the varsity. 'Oumuamua, however, didn't have a "coma". Bialy himself admitted he wasn't ready to believe the results: "Most probably, our paper is wrong and there's a more simple explanation [for 'Oumuamua]", Bialy told Quartz. But that's usually seen in comets - which typically break completely apart if they get that near to the sun.

Since its discovery, 'Oumuamua has exhibited actions inconsistent with a hunk of rock hurtling mindlessly through space. It presents a couple compelling arguments: For one, observations showed 'Oumuamua could not be a comet, as it lacked a cloud of gas. It has a unusual shape, doesn't show the characteristics usually observed in comets and asteroids, and is flying through space in a way that scientists wouldn't expect it to, he said.

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