A Leading astronomer ponders whether ‘Oumuamua, the enigmatic cigar-shaped object traveling through our solar system is, in fact, an alien spaceship with ‘broken engines’.
On December 13, 2017, Stephen Hawking and a group of scientists used high-end telescopes to scan the mysteriously shaped object for any signs of advanced technology.
Now after the Breakthrough Listen project decided to pay special attention, a scan the mystery ‘object’, an astronomer has claimed that the object could be an alien ship, with broken engines, tumbling through our solar system.
The object, which according to many astronomers is just a weirdly-shaped comet, is currently traveling through our star system at more than 196,000 miles per hour.
But, what makes astronomers think it may be more than just that?
The number one reason is the object’s shape which, according to Breakthrough Listen, is an ideal reason why we should pint our largest directable radio telescope towards it, and scan it for traces of potential alien technology.
Astronomers will be looking for signals no stronger than those emitted by modern-day smartphones, signals which cannot be heard in nature, produced by celestial bodies.
Scientists say that if they pick up anything from the object, it may be ‘evidence’ that we are not alone in the universe, and that there are alien probes tumbling across the cosmos.
Dr. Jason Wright from Penn State University is one of the astronomers who proposes several questions and makes an argument as to why we may be looking at a ‘broken’ alien probe.
Dr. Wright notes in his blog: [note: As I wrote in November, I don’t think ‘Oumuamua is an alien spacecraft. While other astronomers have made that suggestion, and while I’m happy to engage in such speculation in a SETI context, I think ‘Oumuamua is interesting in its own right as an asteroid and because of how it is getting us thinking about how to find alien probes in the Solar System.]
The astronomer questions whether ‘Oumuamua is traveling across our star system as a broken-down spacecraft would. It is important to mention that comets also tend to display similar travel patterns, so Dr. Wright did not make any direct statements claiming it was a spacecraft, be he actually engages in the discussion, asking what if. Many websites have written Dr. Wrigh actually claimed it was a spacecraft, he did not.
Writing about ‘Oumuamua Dr. Wright, explained:
“Such derelict craft would if they are not traveling so fast that they escape the Galaxy, eventually ‘thermalize’ with the stars and end up drifting around like any other interstellar comet or asteroid.”
“In fact, since they (presumably) no longer have attitude control, one would expect that they would eventually begin to tumble, and if they are very rigid that tumbling might distinguish them from ordinary interstellar asteroids… and in fact, just because their propulsion is broken doesn’t mean that their radio transmitters would be broken.”
Furthermore, Dr. Wright states that ‘Oumuamua could be a so-called ‘Von Neumann probe‘ – a theoretical self-replicating spacecraft that visits distant solar system.
“Such a discovery would imply that there are lots of these things in the Solar System at any given moment (even if they are deliberately targeting the Sun, they are hard to spot and we’ll miss most of them), and so lots of opportunities to study them,” explained Dr. Wright.
You can read the entire story about ‘Oumuamua and why experts think it could be an alien craft by visiting the blog AstroWright, Astronomy and meta-Astronomy by Jason Wright.