LAST UPDATED: Jan. 4, 2021, 6:41 p.m.
New Delhi (Anish Yande): A professor from Harvard, in his upcoming book, has an interesting claim to share. Avi Loeb, a theoretical physicist at Harvard, claims that alien life visited our galaxy in 2017 and then left. He has elaborated on his theories in his latest book and says that more objects of alien origin could be floating near Earth shortly.
Avi Loeb claims Oumuamua was an alien object:
Avi Loeb centers his theory on the Oumuamua celestial object sighted in 2017. The name Oumuamua, which means ‘scout’ was spotted by an observatory in Hawaii. The Pan-STARRS telescope at Hawaii’s Haleakala Observatory observed the object charting its way through space.
Oumuamua passed through our solar system in 2018. According to NASA, Oumuamua is estimated to be around 800 meters long. The object traveled at a high speed of 87.3 kilometers per second, hurtling across the solar system.
The object flew by Earth and the Sun. According to NASA scientists, the object would not be affected by the Sun’s gravity. Oumuamua wouldn’t circle back to in an elliptical path under the influence of Sun’s gravity.
Instead, the object would follow its hyperbolic trajectory and not return to Earth’s galaxy.
Avi Loeb provides details of his claims of alien life:
Avi Loeb, in his book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, terms the object as a visitor from a distant planet. Loeb talks about how Oumuamua is not just a rock.
Loeb explains how he examined the available data about the object and found several unusual properties about it. He notes that the object is unnaturally bright, stating that it was ‘ten times more reflective than typical solar system comets’
The physicist cites that the sun’s gravity did not affect the object as expected, and instead the object accelerated after passing past the Sun.
The Harvard astrophysicist says, ‘What would happen if a caveman saw a cellphone?’ The caveman has seen rocks throughout his life and for the caveman, a cellphone is a shiny rock, Loeb states.
Avi Loeb states that humanity must abandon the prejudice that it is ‘special and unique’. This would lead to a wider acceptance that aliens exist in the universe, he states.
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