Scientists: Mysterious Object in Solar System Could Be Alien
Last Update: November 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm
November 7, 2018
A mysterious object that passed through our solar system last year may have been part of a vessel sent by an alien entity to investigate Earth.
Research published earlier this month by the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics states that the object, called Oumuamua, is “the first object of interstellar origin observed in the Solar System.”
The cigar-shaped object was first discovered by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii on Oct. 19, 2017. It was given the Hawaiian name of Oumuamua, which means “A scout: one sent forward before a battle to discover the position of the enemy,” according to A Dictionary of the Hawaiian Language. First suspected to be a comet, further analysis of the object “implies that Oumuamua is not an active comet.”
Oumuamua was also thought to be an asteroid. However, scientists have now deemed it an object of interstellar origin – the first of its kind to be observed in the solar system.
But based on its characteristics and trajectories, researchers are now suggesting that Oumuamua “may be a fully operational probe sent internationally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization,” calling it a “targeted probe.”
The research theorizes that Oumuamua could possibly have been debris from advanced technology that was traveling in space.
“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,” the scientists wrote in the paper.
During its flight, Oumuamua experienced “excess acceleration,” or boosts in speed, which scientists believe resulted from solar radiation pressure. This fluctuation in speed, the object’s “unusual geometry” and other “various anomalies” could be the result of “space debris of equipment that is not operational anymore.” Rather, it is now simply “floating at the characteristic speed of stars relative to each other in the solar neighborhood.”
According to the authors, similar lightsails have been constructed by scientists on Earth and can be used for transportation of cargo between planet or stars.
Unfortunately, Oumuamua left the solar system in January and it is now too late to capture images of the mysterious object. However, scientists say “thousands of interstellar Oumuamua-like space debris are expected to be trapped at any given time in the solar system.”