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The Harvard professor says space technology visited Earth in 2017
A Harvard University professor believes that an alien object visited us in 2017.
In his next book, Extraterrestrial: the first sign of intelligent life outside EarthTheoretical physicist Avi Loeb is developing his theory of a strange-shaped object that entered our solar system several years ago.
The interstellar object – called “Oumuamua” – was first observed by the Pan-STARRS telescope at the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii in 2017. The researchers determined that it passed through the plane of the September 6 eclipse from the direction of Vega, a star in the constellation Lyra about 25 light years from our planet.
Just three days later, Oumuamua – Hawaiian which means “scout” – began to accelerate toward the sun, before finally approaching Earth on October 7, “moving rapidly toward the constellation Pegasus and the blackness behind it,” according to Loeb.
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Some scientists claim that Oumuamua, which is believed to be the first interstellar object detected in our solar system, was just another comet. But Loeb, head of the astronomy department at Harvard University, rejects this assumption, because it relies too much on the “familiar.”
“What would happen if a caveman saw a cellphone?” He asked while speaking to New York Post.
“He had seen rocks all his life, and he thought it was just a shiny rock.”
Loeb says there are two big details that suggest Oumuamua wasn’t just a comet, but a piece of strange technology.
The first detail is the object’s dimensions, which are set to be “5-10 times taller than it is wide”. Lupe says the cigar-like shape is not typical of a normal alien object.
But the theoretical physicist says the biggest detail supporting his theory is the Umuamua motion.
He said: “Paying the extra from the sun is the thing that broke the camel’s back.”
Loeb explains that the force of the sun’s gravitational pull will cause the natural object to move faster as it approaches, and ultimately push the object back, causing it to move more slowly as it moves away.
This did not happen with Oumuamua, Loeb notes, which accelerated “slightly, but statistically highly,” as it moved further and further away.
“If we’re not alone, are we the smartest kids in the block?” Loeb asked.
“If there is a species that has killed itself through war or climate change, we can combine our work and act better. Instead, we’re wasting a lot of resources on the ground fighting each other and other negative things that are a huge waste.”
Extraterrestrial: the first sign of intelligent life outside Earth On the shelves on January 26th.