While many hope that we will one day find aliens or proof that aliens exist in our universe, one scientist believes he has found something can only be described as garbage left behind by aliens. In his book, “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” coming out on January 26, Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, describes his findings that he believes proves that alien technology has come into our solar system.
The supposed aliens’ object, which was named “‘Oumuamua,” first entered our solar system on September 6, 2017. On September 9, the object went past the star Venus’ orbit, moving 58,900 miles per hour. On October 7, it went past Earth, and moved toward the Pegasus constellation. The item was only about 100 yards long and was the first interstellar object found inside our solar system.
While some scientists believe the item to be a comet, Avi Loeb thinks ‘Oumuamua was discarded technology from aliens. The item was shaped like a cigar, about five to ten times longer than its width. It also took about eight hours for the item to complete a full rotation. Loeb says that the dimensions of this find are nothing like the asteroids or comets we’ve seen in the past. Loeb also says in his book that ‘Oumuamua was at least “ten times more reflective than typical solar system [stony] asteroids or comets.” With its shiny surface, Loeb believes it’s more likely material from aliens.
Avi Loeb also says that the way ‘Oumuamua moved was extremely suspicious. Usually scientists are able to estimate the trajectory of foreign items in space, but ‘Oumuamua didn’t follow any standard pattern that could be predicted. Loeb says that ‘Oumuamua accelerated “slightly, but to a highly statistically significant extent.” While the sun’s gravity would move the item, Loeb believes the item was being pushed by something other than the force of the sun, even more evidence that this find could’ve been from aliens of some nature.
While comets can often move in a similar way to ‘Oumuamua, when it does so, comets show a tail that shows its direction. However, ‘Oumuamua showed no evidence of a tail or any gases that might be pushing it through space. While Avi Loeb isn’t entirely sure what he believes ‘Oumuamua to be, he thinks it could possibly be space junk of some sort that was used by a civilization from long ago. Loeb believes that the only way for us to find proof of aliens is to look for their trash.
But in 2019, the ‘Oumuamua Team of the International Space Science Institute published an article stating that they found no solid evidence that ‘Oumuamua was in fact from aliens of any kind. Loeb believes that people who ignore the likelihood that this find came from aliens are struggling to find alternate explanations as to the find’s origins.
Avi Loeb’s belief that ‘Oumuamua might be alien in nature is a fascinating idea, one that the scientist seems determined to prove with his new book. Even if ‘Oumuamua can be explained away as something that isn’t from aliens, it still seems intriguing that there are so many items in space that can’t quickly and easily be accounted for by top scientists. Even if Loeb’s hypothesis doesn’t turn out to be the proof we need, there are still so many unanswered questions out in space that aren’t easily solved.