Harvard Astronomer Revels in Spaceship Theory

James Marshall
February 6, 2019

One scientist is not backing down on his belief that the 'Oumuamua, a mysterious object that came from beyond the solar system, is an alien spaceship - or at least a piece of alien tech.

Since publishing a highly controversial paper on the recent interstellar visitor to our solar system, writes Avi Selk in the Washington Post, Abraham Loeb, head of Harvard's astronomy department, "has run a almost nonstop media circuit, embracing the celebrity that comes from being perhaps the most academically distinguished alien civilization enthusiast of his time - the top Harvard astronomer who suspects technology from another solar system just showed up at our door".

Loeb isn't the only person that thinks what he thinks, but he's easily the most high-profile scientific mind to come out in favor of an alien visitation theory in quite some time, and he thinks he might have the data to prove his point.

The astronomer thinks that Oumuamua is not a comet or asteroid, as his colleagues suggest, but a lightsail that was once the driving force of "advanced technological equipment". While nearly every astronomer was trying to figure out how the object dubbed "Oumuamua" Hawaiian for scout, got there, Loeb went on to suggest it came from another civilisation.

"Oumuamua's behavior means it can't be, as is commonly imagined, a clump of rock shaped like a long potato, but rather an object that's very long and no more than 1 millimeter thick, perhaps like a kilometer-long obloid pancake - or a ship sail - so light and thin that sunlight is pushing it out of our solar system", Loeb says. "If someone shows me evidence to the contrary, I will immediately back down". We are fighting on borders, on resources.

Harvard chief astronomer Avi Loeb continues to stand by his alien spaceship theory. Pictured: Avi Loeb, Frank B. Baird, Jr.

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