A prominent Harvard astronomer still spends much of his time contemplating our first encounter with an alien in 2017. That was when a UFO happened known as Oumuamua. Across the solar system. Scientists have classified Oumuamua differently as an asteroid or comet, but Avi Loeb, head of the astronomy department at Harvard University, Thought it was really alien A piece of space technology that we mistakenly thought was a naturally occurring space rock.
Astronomers discovered ‘Oumuamua’ in late 2017 while it was zipping through the solar system. Its speed and trajectory indisputably showed that it came from outside the solar system, but what was it? It did not have a coma or “tail” like a comet, but scientists eventually discovered a small force pushing Oumuamua away from the sun. We compensated for this until the gas was released which was probably a Extremely Old culprit. But was it so? According to Webb, who works as chair of astronomy at Harvard University, Oumuamua has so many strange characteristics that it cannot be normal. Be convinced that Oumuamua really is weird, and we have to take this possibility seriously if we want to take a proper look at the next stage.
Loeb is set to release a book called Outside the planet Earth In the coming weeks he sets out his hypothesis, which includes some convincing arguments. Oumuamua remained undiscovered until it was already on its way out of the solar system. Therefore, there was no way to intercept or capture high-resolution images of the object. However, we know that it is not a typical space rock. Our best estimates are that “Oumuamua is a cigar-shaped length of about 100 meters. As Loeb points out, we’ve never seen anything like this naturally. And Oumuamua is highly reflective – about 10 times more than typical asteroids or comets. This could mean that its surface is forming. Of shiny metal.
What Loeb finds most compelling is the aforementioned force pushing Oumuamua away from the sun. He asserts that the shooting theory does not adequately explain the facts; Any jet of evaporating material strong enough to animate ‘Oumuamua should be visible from the ground. Since we didn’t see ‘Oumuamua until very late in crossing the Solar System, we’d probably be wrong about the shape, too. Loeb believes that “ Oumuamua can be a disk of less than a millimeter. Loeb believes that it is possible that Oumuamua was, in fact, a type of solar sail apparatus that accelerated due to its proximity to the sun.
It’s a great idea, but we’ll probably never know if Loeb is right. Oumuamua is already on its way out of the solar system, and we have no way to catch up. Instead, Loeb wants to encourage scientists to take the probability seriously and monitor similar objects so we can collect more data. Astronomers have discovered another space object after Oumuamua, a comet known as 2I / Borisov. There is no doubt about Borisov’s natural origins, which makes’ Oumuamua look even more exotic.
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