A controversial Harvard scientist says he wants to launch an investigation into a meteor he believes is actually alien technology at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Last week, the US Space Command confirmed that a meteor that hit Earth in January 2014 came from another solar system and is therefore the first known interstellar object.
US Space Command officials said the meteor, measuring just 1.5 feet in diameter, “was in fact an interstellar object”.
Its confirmation means that the famous interstellar object known as Oumuamua, discovered in 2017, is actually the second interstellar object to visit our solar system.
But Harvard physicist Avi Loeb claimed on Wednesday that the object is instead a piece of alien technology.
“Our discovery of an interstellar meteor heralds a new frontier of research,” wrote Loeb in The Debrief.
“The fundamental question is whether any interstellar meteors can indicate a composition of unequivocally artificial origin.
“Better yet, perhaps some technology components will survive the impact.”
He suggested picking up the object from the bottom of the Pacific with a magnet to examine the \’artificial\’ object and added that retrieving the object could be an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of getting his hands on alien technology.
“My dream is to push a few buttons on a functional piece of equipment that was manufactured outside of Earth,” wrote Loeb.
Loeb has made a name for himself for openly believing that aliens have made contact with Earth.
In 2021, the physicist released a book titled \’Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth\’, which argued that Oumuamu is not a comet or asteroid, but a light sail – a method of spacecraft propulsion.
Oumuamua was discovered in October 2017 by a telescope in Hawaii millions of miles away.
At the time of the discovery, Loeb received a backlash from scientists after claiming the object was actually a discarded piece of alien technology.
“We know it is done artificially. It had no cometary tail,” said Loeb.
\’We know we made it. So this provides evidence that we can tell the difference between a rock and an object that is pushed by sunlight.
\’The problem is that the only way to know for sure the origins of Oumuamua is to take an image of it, but the object is already very far away.
“So we missed the opportunity,” he said. \’It\’s like having a dinner guest, when you realize it\’s awkward, you\’re already walking out the front door onto the dark street. That was the first guest, and we should look further.
Loeb is now saying that the 2014 object is also alien technology.
Much of the information surrounding the 2014 object has so far been classified by the US government.
According to NASA, the meteor lit up the skies near Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, on January 8, 2014, while traveling at over 160,000 kilometers per hour.
Scientists believe it may have left interstellar debris in the South Pacific Ocean, which, if recovered, could reveal more about the rocky object\’s origin.
The memo, dated March 1 and shared on Twitter this month, endorses the findings of US Space Command Chief Scientist Dr. Joel Mozer.
The Doctor. Mozer “reviewed the analysis of additional data available to the Department of Defense related to this discovery,” says the memo, which is signed by Lieutenant General John E. Shaw, deputy commander of the US Space Command.
\’Dr. Mozer confirmed that the velocity estimate reported to NASA is sufficiently accurate to indicate an interstellar trajectory.\’
It was in 2019 that researchers at Harvard University published a study on the preprint server arXiv, acknowledging the existence of the meteor and saying that it came from outside our solar system.
The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, reported the meteor as originating from interstellar space with \’99.999% confidence\’.
According to the authors, the study has been waiting for peer review for years before the claim can be confirmed, but it faced obstacles from the US government, which was withholding key information from a publicly available NASA database.
Information about the meteor is sparse, although its details — including its coordinates above Manus Island — are recorded with NASA\’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).
OUMUAMUA: AN INTERSTELLAR VISITOR PASSED EARTH AT 97,200MPH IN 2017
A cigar-shaped object called \’Oumuamua passed Earth at 97,200 mph (156,428 km/h) in October 2017.
It was first seen by a telescope in Hawaii on October 19 and was observed 34 times the following week.
It is named after the Hawaiian term for \’scout\’ or \’messenger\’ and has passed Earth at about 85 times the distance of the moon.
It was hailed as the first interstellar object seen in the solar system, but it baffled astronomers.
Initially, it was thought that the object might be a comet.
However, it does not exhibit any of the classic behaviors expected of comets, such as a dusty tail of water and ice particles.
The asteroid is up to 400 meters long and highly elongated – perhaps 10 times longer than it is wide.
This ratio is greater than that of any asteroid or asteroid observed in our solar system to date.
But the asteroid\’s slightly red hue — specifically pale pink — and variable brightness are remarkably similar to objects in our own solar system.
With the size of the Gherkin skyscraper in London, some astronomers were convinced it was piloted by aliens due to the great distance the object traveled without being destroyed – and the proximity of its journey across Earth.
Alien hunters from SETI – the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, based at UC Berkeley, California, said there was a possibility the rock was “an alien artifact”.
But scientists from Queen\’s University Belfast took a good look at the object and said it appears to be an asteroid, or \’planetesimal\’ as originally thought.
Researchers believe the cigar-shaped asteroid had a “violent past” after observing the light reflected off its surface.
They\’re not sure when the violent collision took place, but they believe the lone asteroid\’s fall will continue for at least a billion years.