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Mystery object to be checked for ET signals


Posted on Tuesday, 12 December, 2017 | Comment icon 71 comments

The asteroid is a visitor to our solar system. Image Credit: ESO / M. Kornmesser
An asteroid thought to have come from another solar system is to be checked for signs of alien technology.
Named 'Oumuamua', the object, which was recently spotted hurtling past the Sun, is the first confirmed example of an asteroid originating from outside of our solar system.

Now astronomers with the Breakthrough Listen project, which searches for evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial life, are planning to use the Green Bank telescope in West Virginia to determine whether or not the asteroid is carrying alien technology.

"Most likely it is of natural origin, but because it is so peculiar, we would like to check if it has any sign of artificial origin, such as radio emissions," said Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb.
"If we do detect a signal that appears artificial in origin, we'll know immediately."

Astronomers believe that interstellar visitors like this one could be quite numerous in our solar system with as many as 10,000 being situated closer to the Sun than Neptune.

It is estimated that three of them enter the solar system and another three leave every single day.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (71)


Tags: Asteroid, Oumuamua


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #62 Posted by Herr Falukorv on 13 December, 2017, 15:45
Of course we should have reasonable doubt about visitors from other stars. There might be species out there capable of interstellar travel but I dont think they have been here. If so they are long since gone. As I wrote in my earlier post its better to go for the center, Theories or stories about them still being here is so ridiculous, Our bacteria flora would probably be so alien to them that they would all die horribly.
Comment icon #63 Posted by clare256 on 13 December, 2017, 15:47
It look suspiciously like the "whale probe" from Star Trek (Vouage Home?)
Comment icon #64 Posted by seeder on 13 December, 2017, 15:48
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Comment icon #65 Posted by geraldnewfie on 18 December, 2017, 2:32
ohh, dont say that on this page, most amercians believe their government always tells the truth!!!! their gov is the one and only true power!
Comment icon #66 Posted by geraldnewfie on 18 December, 2017, 2:33
the people is tracking and listening to this!! most people who tried to release info was either killed or their career destroyed. Gov will step in and say no its just a rock, now watch CNN for your real news, watch kim kardasian do something stupid
Comment icon #67 Posted by stereologist on 18 December, 2017, 2:46
Mathematically Hillary lost. Your post is alike the whiny losers that complain their football team lost the game despite playing a better game.
Comment icon #68 Posted by stereologist on 18 December, 2017, 14:43
You live in Canada and do not understand that the popular vote is not what elects presidents. That's okay. I'm from the US and I do know about McDonald and Canadian confederation in PEI. The US Constitution grants powers to different groups. It grants the election of the president to the states. Each state decides how to choose representatives to pick the president. Most states use a winner takes all method. Hillary got less state votes than Trump. She lost. The news was full of whiners after the election that a different method should h ave been chosen to elect the president. The rules for th... [More]
Comment icon #69 Posted by Myles on 18 December, 2017, 16:32
Were you serious on this part?††† †
Comment icon #70 Posted by Black Monk on 30 December, 2017, 15:05
Give me the British/Canadian system over the American one.
Comment icon #71 Posted by Black Monk on 30 December, 2017, 15:08
According to British scientists, you're wrong. Life is probably more likely towards the edge of our Milky Way galaxy than towards the centre. To support life as we know it, planets must have liquid water and orbit in the right place in their solar systems, not too close and not too far from their star. Similarly, life will not emerge or survive for long near the centers of galaxies. Here, the high density of stars means that at any given time several could be exploding, frying off a planetís ozone layer and exposing any surface life to deadly ultraviolet rays. So in the new study, researchers ... [More]


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