Avi Loeb leads $1.5M effort to find alien tech on the ocean floor
By T.K. Randall
September 4, 2022 · 12 comments
Could CNEOS 2014-01-08 contain alien tech ? Image Credit: RafaelMousob / Pixabay
The Harvard astronomer believes that a meteoroid that fell to Earth in 2014 could contain alien technology.
Earlier this year, it was revealed by the US Space Command (USSC) that a fast-moving fireball, which exploded over Papua New Guinea 8 years ago, actually originated from outside our solar system - predating the discovery of interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua in 2017.
According to Harvard's Dr. Avi Loeb, pieces of this object (which was named CNEOS 2014-01-08), fell into the Pacific Ocean and are now lying on the seabed, just waiting to be found.
Here's where it gets weird, though - Loeb maintains that there is a chance that the object was extraterrestrial in origin and that the fragments could contain alien technology.
He is now funding a $1.5 expedition to find and retrieve these fragments from the ocean floor.
Loeb argues that CNEOS 2014-01-08 stands out because it was traveling anomalously fast compared to other similar objects and was a lot stronger than a typical iron meteorite.
Actually finding tiny fragments of an object that was only around two feet in length before it broke up is going to be quite the challenge, however, leading some to question whether it is even possible at all.
The theory behind the endeavor has also been called into question by other scientists.
"The alien technology hypothesis is so far-fetched that there is no scientific reason to consider this as anything other than someone with no evidence crying wolf when there is no wolf that we have ever seen before," astrophysicist and long-time Loeb critic Dr. Ethan Siegel told Salon
"Saying that it is alien technology, to me, is an absolute travesty for the hundreds upon hundreds of legitimate solar system scientists who are doing excellent work studying what actually exists."
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