Not long ago, a Harvard astronomer, Abraham Loeb, theorized that Oumuamua is an alien probe. The scientific community, even though baffled itself by the mysterious interstellar space object, regarded Loeb’s theory with skepticism. However, now, Abraham Loev defends his hypothesis with new evidence.
Astronomers observed Oumuamua in October 2017 when the space rock entered the Solar System. Back then, the scientists were puzzled by the speed at which Oumuamua was traveling through space – 87 kilometers per second. Also, the strange shape of the interstellar space object baffled researchers from around the world.
Oumuamua is a cigar-shaped object of 400-metre-long and 40-metre-wide, which was flying through space without being affected by the gravitational pull of the Sun and the planets of our Solar System. It, however, left our planetary system in early 2018, but not before the astronomers collect hundred of readings on it.
Harvard Astronomer Who Theorized That Oumuamua Is An Alien Probe Defends His Hypothesis
According to Abraham Loeb, Oumuamua “may be a fully operational alien probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization.” The Harvard astronomer and his colleague, Shmuel Bialy, stated that the mysterious interstellar space object might be a light sail that navigates through space under the power of light or solar energy.
“Is it a possibility? Yes. Is it a likely probability? No,” said Paul Delaney of York University in Toronto on CTV. Like Delaney, many other scientists questioned the theory elaborated by Abraham Loeb.
“Scientists of senior status said themselves that this object was peculiar but were apprehensive about making their thoughts public,” said Abraham Loeb in a recent interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Loeb defends his hypothesis and adds that Oumuamua is most likely the results of a “fishing expedition” sent by an extraterrestrial civilization from another solar system, pretty much similar to the Voyager missions humanity launched in 1977.
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