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Avi Loeb offers new evidence to suggest that spherules are alien

By T.K. Randall
February 7, 2024 · Comment icon 48 comments

Loeb disputes the claim that these spherules are coal fly ash. Image Credit: Avi Loeb
The Harvard astronomer discovered the objects on the sea floor while searching for pieces of an interstellar meteorite.
Back in June of 2023, Loeb - who had been on an expedition to search for pieces of a potentially artificially constructed interstellar object that fell somewhere in the Pacific Ocean - published a blog article describing the discovery of mysterious metal spherules with a composition he claimed to be "anomalous" when compared to human-made alloys.

"We found ten spherules," he said. "These are almost perfect spheres, or metallic marbles. When you look at them through a microscope, they look very distinct from the background."

"It has material strength that is tougher than all space rock that were seen before."

At the time, his claims were universally panned by scientists who ultimately concluded that what he had found was likely to be little more than - as University of Chicago physicist Patricio A Gallardo described it - "coal fly ash, a waste product of the combustion of coal in power plants and steam engines."

Not content with this explanation, Loeb is now back once again with new findings that he claims debunks this particular interpretation and again points toward extraterrestrial origins.
"What we did is compare 55 elements from the periodic table in coal ash to those special spherules that we found," he said. "And it's clearly very different."

"It's not based on opinions. And, of course, if you're not part of this scientific process and you are jealous of the attention that it gets, then you can raise a lot of criticism."

The Harvard astronomer also maintains that more should be done to track and study other nearby objects that could have come from distant solar systems.

"The best approach to figure it out is actually to do the scientific work of building observatories that look out and check what these objects are," he said.

"And if they happen to be birds, or airplanes, or Chinese balloons, so be it. We can move on after that. But we need to figure it out, it's our civil duty as scientists."

Source: WGBH.org | Comments (48)

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Comment icon #39 Posted by qxcontinuum 6 months ago
I don't quite understand why there's expectations set from some scientists that some things on earth could be extra terrestrial just because they have different chemical compositions.  First of all every metal and chemical component that exists in this galaxy, would be expected to be found on our planet too. Some elements could be indeed more or less rare but not innexistent. Besides a lot of the unknown elements or composition nonnsensical talk is just because we have not yet discovered yet. We continue to add elements we find on earth, in our periodical table as the science advances .  If ... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by Harte 6 months ago
How To Find Micrometeorites On Your Roof (sciencefriday.com) Harte
Comment icon #41 Posted by Piney 6 months ago
I have Jon Larsen's identification book from Rowan's astronomy department. Best thing I ever bought after I was in the field for "Chronically Astonished George".
Comment icon #42 Posted by Piney 6 months ago
Like I said. They are the same type found around old railroad tracks, so yes they came from steamships. 
Comment icon #43 Posted by Piney 6 months ago
Our planetary system formed in the dust cloud from a neutron star merger. We have everything stable element wise.
Comment icon #44 Posted by astrobeing 6 months ago
The man fully lost me in an interview in which he shamed his critics claiming that they didn't use scientific methods. Then, not ten minutes later, the interviewer pointed out that Loeb himself was using very nonscientific methods. He responded that his theories were so solid that they didn't require scientific methods to know they're correct. He appears to be be enjoying his tenure at Harvard to the max. ?
Comment icon #45 Posted by razman 6 months ago
This guy is still trying to push this alien spheres thing?
Comment icon #46 Posted by Liquid Gardens 6 months ago
Exactly, the quote that stood out from the OP to me is "And, of course, if you’re not part of this scientific process and you are jealous of the attention that it gets, then you can raise a lot of criticism.".  This is just a variation of the classic whine by some 'paranormal scientists' that science is being unfair to them, when the problem really is that they haven't done the required work.  The appeal to 'jealousy' is stupid, I doubt there are many scientists who are jealous of his reputation.  You can raise a lot of criticism if you have the evidence and argumentation to do so, feelin... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by Piney 6 months ago
And a two bit research  assistant like myself with 3 months of geology and some environmental science classes can identify them by a picture in a few minutes. This Loeb is a bloody childish nutter. 
Comment icon #48 Posted by Dejarma 5 months ago
Anyone can use the word 'think/s' in a sentence. Here ya go: I 'think' rats are alien spies..... I 'think' I have evidence for it But that means fek all coming from a nobody like me

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