According to Harvard scientists, we may not be alone in our solar system. A “unique object” was discovered travelling at 196,000 mph on October 19, 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii.
The object has been described as “a dark red highly-elongated metallic or rocky object, about 400 metres long, and is unlike anything normally found in the solar system.” Researchers named the object “Oumuamua,” which means “a messenger that reaches out from the distant past” in Hawaiian.
A mysterious cigar-shaped object spotted tumbling through our solar system last year may have been an alien spacecraft sent to investigate Earth, astronomers from Harvard University have suggested https://t.co/bQUx2ZQk42 pic.twitter.com/ylXXizKh9D
— CNN (@CNN) November 6, 2018
“‘Oumuamua’ may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization,” researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics wrote in a new study.
The scientists also noted that light-sails with similar dimensions have originated on earth. Still, the object’s speed and “unusual geometry” lend credence to the theory that it originated elsewhere.
What do you believe?
Image via ESO/M. Kornmesser