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A physicist studied the mystery surrounding the “Oumuamua” interstellar object, which flew over Earth in 2017 at an unusually high speed.
It is possible that the fast, cigar-like object was an interstellar spacecraft, Harvard professor Avi Loeb noted during an interview with Salon.
“At first, astronomers assumed it must be a comet, because these are the objects that are closely related to the stars. The problem with that is that there was no comet tail,” Loeb said.
In his book on the topic, “Extraterrestrial: The first sign of intelligent life outside Earth,” Loeb noted: “Some people say it’s not guilty, and maybe it’s just a rock. But the problem is that after about half a year, a push has been reported. Plus, the force of gravity acting on it from the sun. He showed some extra force. Usually this force comes from the missile effect of the comet’s tail, but there was no comet’s tail. So the question was, What produces this extra thrust?
“For me, this proved that Oumuamua was synthetic, and it certainly wasn’t made by us because it was only a few months near us. We couldn’t even chase it with our best missiles,” he told Salon.
Loeb added that Oumuamua was “unusually bright” compared to all the solar system bodies we’ve seen. He explained that its brightness was 10 times more reflective than usual comets.
Loeb believes that Oumuamua’s lack of many comet properties leads to the belief that what he saw was a kind of technology neglected by an alien civilization.
And in November 2018, a study published by Loeb and others at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggested that Oumuamua could be a “light sail of artificial origin” sent from another civilization. However, the researcher who discovered “Oumuamua, the Canadian physicist and astronomer Robert Weric, said that the idea of another civilization was just” wild speculation. “
Oumuamua, which means “explorer” or “explorer” in Hawaii, was first classified as an asteroid when it was seen in 2017 traveling at 196,000 miles per hour. However, it was recently described as being closer to the comet.
And NASA confirmed that this is “the first object seen in our solar system, known to have originated elsewhere.”
Source: Fox News