Friday, 16 November, 2018

Cigar-Shaped Object May Have Been Alien Spacecraft, Researchers Claim

Illustration of Oumuamua Illustration of Oumuamua. Credit European Space Organisation M Kornmesser
Kristen Harrington | 07 November, 2018, 09:58

The Oumuamua was spotted late previous year as it drifted into the solar system and passed close enough to the sun that it could be seen on observational telescopes.

Astronomers believe an unusual object that entered the solar system last October might be an alien probe.

Instead, it had dived between Mercury and the sun and was zooming past Earth on its way out of our solar system, a path that meant Oumuamua was an interstellar traveller from beyond the solar system.

Although it's been called a comet or an asteroid in the past, it's still unclear exactly what the elongated, red-tinged object is and where it came from. It was scanned for radio waves, but none were detected. But Oumuamua didn't show typical signs of a comet, like a tail of dust and gas.

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But since Oumuamua's discovery, scientists have continued to wonder whether it could have originated from some intelligent life-form.

Now, a new paper by researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics raises the possibility that the elongated dark-red object, which is 10 times as long as it is wide and traveling at speeds of 196,000 miles per hour, might have an "artificial origin".

"If radiation pressure is the accelerating force, then 'Oumuamua represents a new class of thin interstellar material, either produced naturally, through a yet unknown process in the [interstellar medium] or in proto-planetary disks, or of an artificial origin".

In fact, in their article, published this week in the The Astrophysical Journal Letters, they claim the object "may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization".

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It's also entirely possible - perhaps more possible - that the object isn't part of a far-flung alien race's attempts to investigate the (other) occupants of the Milky Way. That and the object's odd movements suggest it could have a source of power beyond gravitational pulls, they said.

Whether Oumuamua is a light sail from a spacecraft of artificial origin floating aimlessly through solar systems or an operational probe sent intentionally to Earth, the researchers said its likely origin will only be determined by searching for other objects like it in the future. So the Harvard authors' "exotic" guesses are just as good as anyone's at this point.

"A survey for lightsails as technosignatures [of extraterrestrial civilizations] in the solar system is warranted, irrespective of whether Oumuamua is one of them", Loeb told NBC News.

"I follow the maxim of Sherlock Holmes: When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth", Loeb said.

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