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Harvard professor: 'Oumuamua was alien tech'

Posted on Tuesday, 5 January, 2021 | Comment icon 46 comments

Loeb is convinced that 'Oumuamua is not what it seems. Image Credit: ESO / M. Kornmesser
A Harvard University professor of astronomy believes that the visiting space rock was actually built by aliens.
The 400-meter-long object, which flew past our planet back in October 2017, became the focus of much debate and intrigue after it was found to have come from a distant solar system.

Even today, the exact nature and origins of 'Oumuamua (from the Hawaiian word for 'scout') continue to remain a major point of study, with scientists attempting to determine exactly what the object is made of, where it came from and how long it has been traveling through space.

For professor of astronomy Avi Loeb of Harvard University however, the answer is clear - this unassuming space rock, he believes, is a piece of advanced extraterrestrial technology.

In a new book set to be published later this month (Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth), Loeb outlines the case for believing that 'Oumuamua is more than meets the eye.
"In late 2017, scientists at a Hawaiian observatory glimpsed an object soaring through our inner solar system, moving so quickly that it could only have come from another star," the press release reads.

"Avi Loeb, Harvard's top astronomer, showed it was not an asteroid; it was moving too fast along a strange orbit, and left no trail of gas or debris in its wake. There was only one conceivable explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization."

"In Extraterrestrial, Loeb takes readers inside the thrilling story of the first interstellar visitor to be spotted in our solar system He outlines his controversial theory and its profound implications: for science, for religion, and for the future of our species and our planet."

Suffice to say however, this is not a theory shared by the majority of his peers.

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Comment icon #37 Posted by Nobu on 6 January, 2021, 21:07
I wouldn’t get too excited about me quoting you. I really just wanted to post that the acceleration is not normal. No matter how you try to spin it... we know and can predict how every object in our solar system reacts in motion in space- except this one.
Comment icon #38 Posted by ChrLzs on 6 January, 2021, 21:12
  NO.  The bolded part is simply not true, for reasons that I began to outline earlier BUT YOU WON'T EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE..   CITE, Nobu.  Cite some scholarly articles, don't be lazy and just gullibly lap up what you find on your fave media outlets.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus on 10 January, 2021, 9:17
It could also be alien space junk. like bio trash from the latrine of a generation ship passing nearby?
Comment icon #40 Posted by seanjo on 10 January, 2021, 14:34
If I win the lottery I'll send you there.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Tom1200 on 11 January, 2021, 22:26
I've found a couple: and this is a good article: Now - I won't pretend to have understood every word in these papers.  Or even read every word.  Or even looked blankly at every word.  Or page, for that matter. What I can say is - wow!  We've got telescopes that can spot a dark object 400 m long at 30 million km: and we've got ... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by ChrLzs on 12 January, 2021, 20:56
Thanks, Tom - yes those are some of the articles I've read.  I was hoping that Nobu might take the time and effort to simply look them up and .. well.. read them.   To Nobu...  Here's an analogy - I don't know much about brain surgery.  Thus, I don't post on brain surgery forums, nor on any posts that talk about the finer points of brain surgery.  If I did feel inclined to contribute to that topic, I would FIRST take the time to research it.  For instance, I'd read up articles on brain surgery, Google the terms that I didn't understand..  I would NOT gain my 'knowledge' from Tinfoilhat website... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by Trelane on 13 January, 2021, 6:34
Precisely why I mostly read and learn in the archaeology/ancient history threads.
Comment icon #44 Posted by qxcontinuum on 13 January, 2021, 7:59
Some of the very interesting characteristics off this object were the following: - had an unusual composition of co2 between nine and 26 times higher than that of an average Solar System comet. - variable brightness high and low which made astronomers to imply that it was tumbling but maybe has not. This was just a supposition. - large areas of red detected that no one can explain. - sudden acceleration without trace of gas. - it escaped our solar system being at a relatively short distance from the Sun this is very hard to believe
Comment icon #45 Posted by Tom1200 on 13 January, 2021, 9:21
True.  But times are hard, and brain surgery is expensive.  (I'm guessing we pay brain surgeons at least the minimum wage?)  So what should we do when that nagging headache becomes a persistent, serious concern?  Well - there's a simple and cheap home-made solution that's been around for millennia: This might get messy, so go to your bathroom Get really, really, Russian-truck-driver-style drunk Get a friend (you will have to ignore social distancing measures for this procedure so check there are no cops in your bathroom) Get a hard, sharp object: traditionally the surgeon would use a flint, bu... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by Nnicolette on 13 January, 2021, 9:43

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