DEC 02, 2018 6:43 PM PST

Here's Why Harvard Scientists Believe Oumuamua Could Have Been an Alien Spacecraft

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

When an interstellar object came sailing through our solar system last year, it astonished astronomers because they couldn’t quite categorize it into any known object. While it looked a lot like an asteroid or a comet, it lacked many of the features we’d expect from both. It was later nicknamed Oumuamua, and it continues to captivate scientific minds to this day.

Given the peculiar circumstances surrounding Oumuamua, experts haven’t yet ruled out alternative elucidations, including some of the more far-fetched ones. For example, some scientists from Harvard argue the idea that it could have been an alien spacecraft.

Although unlikely, the theory has yet to be disproven. As it would seem, Oumuamua’s course through our solar system moved in weird and unexpected ways that can’t be explained by the Sun’s gravitational influence alone, and this gave rise to the alien spacecraft theory. Instead, the object was supercharged with added oomph that allegedly originated from unknown sources.

Other scientists say this movement could have been accounted for if Oumuamua were a comet because outgassing could have provided the extra energy, but the object lacked the trail we’d expect to see in a comet, which ruled out the comet theory. Another idea is that solar pressure may have resulted in the unexplained acceleration, but this force is only known to influence ultra-light objects like solar sails.

Whether you buy the alien spacecraft theory or not remains to be seen. It is, without a doubt, one of the more eccentric explanations encompassing Oumuamua, but there isn’t enough data to discern what it was, and the object is already leaving the solar system as we speak.

Astronomers have accepted that we won’t be getting any new observations of Oumuamua anytime soon, but they hope another object just like it will visit us in the near future, enabling them to learn more about these mysterious interstellar visitors and what they are.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 31, 2020
Space & Astronomy
How Many Missions to Mars Have Been Successful?
JUL 31, 2020
How Many Missions to Mars Have Been Successful?
It’s commonly said that roughly half of all missions to Mars have succeeded- while roughly half have failed. But a ...
SEP 07, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Earth's Atmosphere Causes Moon to Rust
SEP 07, 2020
Earth's Atmosphere Causes Moon to Rust
Researchers from the University of Hawaii have noticed that the Moon is turning slightly red or 'rusty'- and tha ...
SEP 25, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Colossal Study for the Missing (Anti)Matter
SEP 25, 2020
Colossal Study for the Missing (Anti)Matter
Physicists believe that our observable universe exists in a mirrored configuration: any fundamental particle such as pro ...
OCT 09, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Why the Sun's Atmosphere is Hotter than its Surface
OCT 09, 2020
Why the Sun's Atmosphere is Hotter than its Surface
Researchers have found evidence of nanojets (bright, thin lights) in the solar atmosphere, also known as the corona. The ...
OCT 10, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Are There Planets Better for Life than Earth?
OCT 10, 2020
Are There Planets Better for Life than Earth?
Researchers have found at least 24 planets outside of our solar system may be better for life than Earth. Each a little ...
NOV 14, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
STEVE, what is it?
NOV 14, 2020
STEVE, what is it?
STEVE is in the sky! STEVE, as is Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, the purple and green streaks that have b ...
Loading Comments...