Theoretical physicist Avi Loeb told Universe Today that “Oumuamua could be an active piece of alien technology sent to explore our Solar System.” A year ago, astronomers discovered an unusual object moving through space not far from Earth’s orbit. In just a few days they realized that it could not be an asteroid or a typical comet, as its trajectory showed that it was not gravitationally linked to the Solar System.
It was, therefore, the first interstellar body discovered in our Solar System that originated from outside it. It was given the Hawaiian name “Oumuamua,” which means “the explorer.”
Most current models of our Solar System suggest that the asteroids and comets in our Solar System are remnants of planetary formation era and other planetary systems should also have produced such space objects. “Oumuamua” might be one of those space rocks coming from another solar system so that it might be a rare scientific resource. The lack of an infrared signal, for example, suggests that it has no gas or dust that would be expected if it were a comet-like body.
“Oumuamua” might be a piece of alien technology sent here to explore our Solar System
Since it first emerged into our Solar System, the object moved too far for any of our telescopes to see, so, although it will remain an interstellar mystery, it reminds us once again that the Universe is still full of surprises.
As “Ouamuamua” is changing its speed, trajectory, and form have led astronomers at the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysics Center to think that it could be a piece of alien technology. The research work of the Harvard astronomers concludes that the characteristics of the objects hint to “the artificial origin” of “Oumuamua.”
It could then be “a fully operational probe intentionally sent to the vicinity of Earth by an alien civilization,” as Avi Loeb Loeb told Universe Today. He added that “Oumuamua could be an active piece of alien technology to explore our Solar System.”