Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Cigar-Shaped Interstellar Object May Have Been Alien Probe, Harvard Paper Claims

Cigar-Shaped Interstellar Object May Have Been Alien Probe, Harvard Paper Claims

Not only is it the first-ever interstellar asteroid or comet detected by astronomers while passing through the solar system, its shape is odd, its acceleration is unexpected, and a cometary tail - the signature trail of particles seen behind shooting stars - is conspicuous in its absence.

In operation, the pair theorizes that the velocity of the object and its unusual trajectory can be a result of the fact that it is no longer working.

Space mysterious cigar-shaped object seen in our Solar system a year ago, could be an alien spacecraft sent to explore the Land.

Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed the plausibility of the report on Tuesday's radio program.

"And here's a story fromNBC News saying an alien spacecraft may be above Earth and no one's noticing it", Stu laughed.

Multiple telescopes focused on the object for three nights to determine what it was before it moved out of sight.

"Any functional spacecraft would nearly certainly retract its solar sail once in interstellar space to prevent damage", Mr Jackson said.

The solar sail would also be thinner than the authors of the new paper describe, he said. "While a combined spacecraft and sail could have a higher net mass the sail itself needs to be extremely light".

"It's possible it's space debris, it's possible it could be artificial", he said.

Mr Bailer-Jones led a group of scientists earlier this year who identified four dwarf stars as likely origin points for Oumuamua. Studies re-examining the light signals more carefully suggest that Oumuamua could be very elongated cigar-shaped to pancake-shaped."What is clear is that it can't have a shape that is almost spherical - like normal rocks we know", he said.Loeb said the mystery of Oumuamua's origin remains. These astronomers claim that the object could actually be "a lightsail of artificial origin" sent from some far-away civilization in the Universe.

Well, this week, the story of Oumuamua got a little bit weirder.

'But until every other possibility has been exhausted dozen times over, even the authors probably don't believe it'.

The other possibility? It comes from aliens.

But Harvard's research team says they're not giving up hope that it's a sign of alien life: they "follow the maxim of Sherlock Holmes: When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth".

In a letter published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters on 12 November, the researchers add that Oumuamua could be a spacecraft pushed along by light falling on its surface.

The strangly shaped object is about half a mile long and is so unusual that Nasa said it had "never seen a natural object with such extreme proportions in the solar system before".

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