Harvard astronomer thinks’ Oumuamua could be alien ‘listening device’
A Harvard professor of astrophysics has speculated that the mysterious interstellar object ‘Oumuamua may be linked to the phenomenon of unexplained aerial phenomena (UAVs), ahead of a much-anticipated US government report on UAVs tomorrow.
Avi Loeb, Frank B. Baird Jr. science professor at Harvard, suggested in an editorial for Scientific American that “Oumuamua could be a listening device designed to pick up signals from ‘sensors’ on alien planets.
These sensors would be what we perceive as drones or UFOs, placed on Earth by an intelligent alien civilization.
However, as Loeb himself pointed out, there is no evidence for this claim – it is purely a theory of facts as we currently know them.
A leaked version of tomorrow’s UAV report suggested that the US government will say there is no evidence the unexplained aerial sightings are alien – but that they can’t rule it out, either.
But in the absence of strong evidence anyway, Loeb argued, a theory must be worked out.
“A predecessor of ‘Oumuamua could have been a craft that dropped small probes into Earth’s atmosphere without being noticed,” Loeb wrote in the editorial.
‘Along this imaginative line of reasoning,’ Oumuamua could have managed to appear as coming from the neutral local rest standard, which serves as a local ‘galactic parking lot’, so that its origin would remain unknown. ‘
Loeb also hypothesized that “the odd shape of Oumuamua, whose exact dimensions are still debated by scientists, could be a receptor for probes” that were sprayed on Earth a long time ago. “
“In this context, his tumbling motion was intended to collect possible signals from all directions and the PSU may be the probes from which he received the signals,” Loeb told the Daily Mail.
The Pentagon’s drone report, due for release tomorrow, is the first time the US government has fully admitted that there are things in the sky that it cannot explain
Last year, U.S. lawmakers added a provision to the Intelligence Authorization Act, which requires the government to prepare a report on what it knows about UFOs by June 25.
Congress has already received the classified version of the report, which reviews 120 incidents recorded by US military and government personnel.
Although the US government has said it cannot find any evidence that the objects are alien technology, ufologists will point out that this also cannot be ruled out.
A more immediate concern for lawmakers is the possibility that these unidentified aerial phenomena, as the government calls them, originate from foreign adversaries, like Russia or China.
If so, it would mean that the military capabilities of those countries would exceed anything the US government publicly admits to having.
“Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the US government believes that some of these [UAP] the objects are not of human origin, ”said Loeb.
“This leaves two possibilities: either UAPs are natural terrestrial phenomena or they are of extraterrestrial origin.”
Loeb believes that ‘Oumuamua’s odd, singular nature, with almost no similar objects to compare it to in the solar system, suggests that it has no natural origin.
The only other interstellar object found by astronomers is comet 2I / Borisov, discovered in 2019.
Scientists have put forward a number of theories about the origin of Oumuamua, from gas icebergs to shards of other planets.
But Loeb maintains that the option of the strange object being an alien vessel must remain possible until better data is obtained – which is unlikely, given that the object has now left our solar system.
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