Friday, 5 Mar 2021

Asteroid is ‘alien warning for Earth to get its act together’ claims professor

A mysterious cigar-shaped asteroid that passed through our solar system may have been a message from aliens telling Earth to "get its act together", a top Harvard professor believes.

Oumuamua, estimated to be 200m in diameter, is the first interstellar object ever found in the Milky Way and was first spotted in October 2017 by the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS1 telescope while it was looking for comets and asteroids near the Earth.

The long, cigar-shaped rock was observed by experts to be spinning and accelerating at a phenomenal speed, known as "non-gravitational acceleration," with some scientists baffled as to why.

But Professor Avi Loeb, who runs the Department of Astronomy at one of the world's most prestigious universities, insists the most rational explanation for it is alien.

The bizarre object shook the scientific community when it was found in 2017, not just because of its distant origin and strange shape but also its inexplicable speed.

Writing in his upcoming book Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, he claims the space object shot past Earth before "moving swiftly toward the constellation Pegasus and the blackness beyond".

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And in a recent interview with The Economist, Professor Loeb has said that the bizarre cigar-shaped object may have actually been a message from a distant, more technologically-advanced civilization.

Professor Loeb told the Economist: “Right now here on Earth it feels like we are headed towards a kind of disaster.

“Something like ‘Oumuamua could teach us an important lesson to get our act together.”

He says it reminds him of when his young daughters first went to school.

Professor Loeb added: “They suddenly realised that they were not the centre of the world or even the smartest kid on the block.

"Maybe it is time for us to do the same?”

Professor Loeb previously saud that our Solar System could be filled with a quadrillion alien spaceships.

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