Building on the recent interest in extraterrestrials, in his upcoming book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, theoretical physicist Avi Loeb outlines his belief that aliens came to Earth in 2017. The Harvard University professor and chairman of the school’s astronomy department reveals his theory about an unidentified object that entered our solar system three years ago.
Dubbed “Oumuamua,” Hawaiian for “scout,” the interstellar object was first spotted by the Pan-STARRS telescope at Hawaii’s Haleakala Observatory in 2017, passing through the ecliptic plane September 6 from the direction of Vega, a star in the Lyra constellation 25 light-years away from Earth. Three days later, Oumuamua began accelerating for the sun before coming towards our planet “moving swiftly toward the constellation Pegasus and the blackness beyond,” according to Loeb.
Despite many scientists classifying peculiar-shaped Oumuamua as just another comet, Avi Loeb defiantly states that the assumption relies too much on the “familiar.” “What would happen if a caveman saw a cellphone?” said Loeb when he spoke to the New York Post. “He’s seen rocks all his life, and he would have thought it was just a shiny rock.”
Loeb highlights that the cigar-like “five to 10 times longer than it was wide” dimensions of Oumuamua are some details that push him to believe that the peculiar object was something alien. But it was the “excess push away from the sun, that was the thing that broke the camel’s back,” said Loeb. Citing that the sun’s gravitational force should’ve caused a natural space object to move faster as it approached by then pushed it back at a slower speed, instead of simply accelerating as it did.
Ahead of the January 26 release of his book Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, Avi Loeb stated, “If there was a species that eliminated itself through war or changing the climate, we can get our act together and behave better. Instead, we are wasting a lot of resources on Earth fighting each other and other negative things that are a big waste.”
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