In 2017, an interstellar object which was moving quickly in our solar system confirms that it was alien technology, says Professor Avi Loeb from Harvard University who was the longest-serving chair of astronomy at Harvard.
He says the evidence holds otherwise and is convinced his peers in the scientific community are so consumed by the group think they are unwilling to wield Occam’s razor. While talking to Agence France-Presse in a video call, he told them, “Thinking that we are unique and special and privileged is arrogant.”
And that alien object has named ‘Oumuamua – “scout” in Hawaiian – in Extraterrestrial: The First Sign Of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth. They said it wasn’t seemed to be an ordinary object but as inferred by how it got brighter and dimmer in scientists’ telescopes, and it was unusually luminous, possibly suggesting it was made from a bright metal.
To understand this, astronomers had to come up with novel theories, such as that it was made of hydrogen ice and would therefore not have visible trails, or that it disintegrated into a dust cloud. “These ideas that came to explain specific properties of ‘Oumuamua always involves something that we have never seen before,” said Prof Loeb.
Before encountering our Sun, ‘Oumuamua was “at rest” relative to nearby stars – statistically very rare. Rather than think of it as a vessel hurtling through space, from the object’s perspective, our solar system slammed into it. “Perhaps ‘Oumuamua was like a buoy resting in the expanse of the universe,” writes Loeb.
In January last year, Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut to go to space, has said that aliens exist and it was possible they were already here on Earth. And in August last year, a study found that earlier claims of the interstellar object being made up of hydrogen ice was inaccurate, and had been dismissed.
This is not the first time Loeb has mentioned this claim: He first claimed it in November 2018. The paper was then authored by Shmuel Bialy and Abraham Loeb. Loeb just happens to be the chairman of Harvard University’s astronomy department. And six months down the line from the paper being published, he is convinced that Oumuamua is an alien probe. In a Scientific American article, he listed six strange facts about the object.