Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

There ARE Contingency Plans In Place For An Alien Landing, Astronomer Claims

There ARE Contingency Plans In Place For An Alien Landing, Astronomer Claims

Two Harvard researchers are raising the possibility that a mysterious space object seen tumbling past the sun previous year - known as Oumuamua - is an alien spacecraft.

The article, written by Abraham Loeb, Professor and chair of astronomy, and Shmuel Bali, scientist, doctoral student at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for astrophysics, indicate that comparable "light sail" already exist on Earth.

First spotted by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii in October 2017, the unusual, fast-moving object has puzzled astronomers since its discovery.

Loeb told NBC News that the idea that Oumuamua could be alien-made was "purely scientific and evidence-based". Of course, one could now say it was an accident, or the aliens did this to deceive us.

If the object is a lightsail, the paper adds it might have been floating in interstellar space when our solar system ran into it "like a ship bumping into a buoy on the surface of the ocean". Its flattened, elongated shape and the way it accelerated on its way through the Solar system, distinguished him from ordinary asteroids and comets. "Lightsails with similar dimensions have been designed and constructed by our own civilization", an excerpt from the paper read.

On its face, the study is trying to reconcile 'Oumuamua's pattern of acceleration, which matches that of a comet, to other observations that suggest it's not an active comet.

Recall Oumuamua, who came from interstellar space is one of the most protoplastic space objects known to science. "Technology light sails may be used to transport cargo between planets or between the stars".

A new study as found a huge cigar-shaped object travelling through space could be an alien spaceship.

So far, there is no obvious origin for 'Oumuamua.

"The likelihood of Galactic panspermia is strongly dependent upon the survival lifetime of the putative organisms as well as the velocity of the transporter", Manasvi Lingam and Loeb from this current study said in another paper published previously in the Astrophysical Journal. It is expected to shoot past Saturn and leave the solar system in early 2019, according to the agency.

Although it's "extremely thin", the researchers said the object could survive interstellar travel over galactic distances and withstand collisions with gas and dust grains.

The only other explanation that comes to mind is the extra force exerted on Oumuamua by sunlight.

"Like many researchers, I would very much like to believe that there is irrefutable proof of extraterrestrial life, but that is not the case", says Alan Fitzsimmons, astronomer at Queens University.

It was moving at 59,030mph when it was first tracked by scientists.

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