Oumuamua is the first interstellar space rock that flew through our Solar System recently. Many speculations on what it might be have come out since Oumuamua entered our planetary system in 2017. More recently, Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University’s astronomy department, theorized the possibility that Oumuamua might be an alien space probe. His statement created a massive buzz on the Internet, some conspiracy theorists adopting Loeb’s theories, while other scientists smiling when heard the hypothesis.
However, Avi Loeb is not going to change his mind, and it even revealed new evidence that Oumuamua in an alien space probe during a recent interview with Chicago Tribune.
“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that Oumuamua is a light sail, floating in interstellar space as debris from advanced technological equipment,” Avi Loeb wrote, along with his co-worker Shmuel Bialy, in a recent paper the two published in Astrophysical Journal Letters in November 2018.
New Evidence That Oumuamua Is An Alien Space Probe To Be Revealed by Avi Loeb
As the Chicago Tribune reported, before the interview Loeb was working on a calculation, an equation. He admitted that his upon something big that would be new evidence that Oumuamua is an alien space probe. Most likely, he would reveal that proof somewhen. Besides, Avi Loeb also said that the images depicting Oumuamua as a potato-shaped rock are all wrong.
Many scientists came out calling Avi Loeb nuts or sensationalist. However, Avi Loeb came out, at his turn, with some proofs that Oumuamua is not a rock, as researchers commonly accept it. According to Loeb, Oumuamua is a very long object and only 1-mm thick, so it could not be debris of a comet. Therefore, he said, Oumuamua might be so light that the sunlight is sending it away from our Solar System. And what would that be if not an alien space probe, as Loeb thinks?
“Many people expected once there would be this publicity, I would back down. If someone shows me evidence to the contrary, I will immediately back down,” said Loeb. “It changes your perception on reality, just knowing that we’re not alone. We are fighting on borders, on resources. It would make us feel part of planet Earth as a civilization rather than individual countries voting on Brexit,” he added.
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