Why Harvard Scientists Think This Object Is An Alien Spacecraft

Why Harvard Scientists Think This Object Is An Alien Spacecraft

Narrator: We have a mysterious
new kid on the block.
Astronomers call it Oumuamua.
Which in Hawaiian, roughly translates to
“first time visitor from far away.”
Oumuamua is the first interstellar object
ever detected in our solar system.
Astronomers discovered it in 2017
with the Pan-STARRS1 telescope.
And like all grand discoveries,
it has raised more
questions than it answers.
Where did it come from?
What’s it made of?
And yes, even the ultimate
query, is it aliens?
That’s what two Harvard
astrophysicists posed
in a recent paper,
suggesting that Oumuamua
could be some type
of alien spacecraft.
And when we spoke with one of them,
the idea didn’t sound as
far-fetched as you might think.
Loeb: I prefer to adopt the
maxim of Sherlock Holmes
that if you rule out the impossible,
whatever remains, as improbable as it is,
must be the truth.
Narrator: Now a good rule of thumb
is that aliens are always
the least likely answer.
But here’s the thing, the
more reasonable explanation
right now isn’t panning out.
Most astronomers think that Oumuamua
is probably a stray comet
from another stellar system.
The only problem is that it
doesn’t look like any comet
we’ve ever seen,
because it appears to
lack that iconic tail.
Loeb: There was an
anomaly seen in the data.
And it cannot be explained
by the most conventional explanation,
which in this case is
a cometary outgassing.
And so we propose an
alternative interpretation
which is the only one I can think of.
Narrator: But it seems
extreme to assume aliens
just because Oumuamua doesn’t
look like a comet, right?
Not when the Harvard scientists accounted
for another peculiarity.
As Oumuamua traveled
through our solar system,
it didn’t follow the normal
path of a typical comet
under the sun’s gravity.
Rather, it slightly shifted off course,
which couldn’t be
explained by gravity alone.
Something else, some unknown
force was also at play,
manipulating the object’s behavior.
Loeb: I cannot think of
any other possibility
other than the outgassing
that we find in comets,
which seems to be ruled out
because we don’t see a cometary tail,
or the pressure from the sunlight.
There is no other proposal
on the table right now.
Narrator: Pressure from sunlight.
It works similarly to how wind
pushes against a sail on a boat.
So too can sunlight push
against a spacecraft
to propel it through space.
Incidentally, we call these
spacecraft solar sails.
There’s just one catch.
Pressure from sunlight is extremely light.
Lighter than the weight
of a fly on your hand.
Which means in order
for it to be effective,
solar sails also have to be
extremely light and thin.
In 2010, for example, Japan’s space agency
launched its Ikaros solar sail,
which only weighed 1.1 pounds.
But it eventually managed to
travel over 65 million miles
from Earth on just sunlight alone.
And it’s this type of force
that the Harvard scientists
think could be propelling Oumuamua too.
Of course, that’s if
it’s an alien made sail
in the first place.
Loeb: Well first of
all, I am not confident
that this is the correct interpretation
because we don’t have enough data.
And so this is one possibility.
I would highly recommend
people to read the paper.
If they have a better idea,
they should publish it.
Narrator: And as always,
not everyone agrees
with Loeb’s hypothesis.
Weryk: I think that their explanation,
I think it’s in contrast
with what the data says.
You know, we did consider that possibility
in our own paper, which
was published earlier,
and we dismissed it as not
being physically valid.
You know again, there’s no
reason to think Oumuamua
is anything but a natural object.
Narrator:That’s Rob Weryk,
who first discovered Oumuamua in 2017.
Weryk: So we think Oumuamua still has ice
and the sublimating ice
gives it a small tiny kick
that gravity alone wouldn’t account for,
but that the dust it has is much larger
than what comets typically have.
And so we just don’t see
that from the ground.
Narrator: And yes, in all
probability, he’s right.
Oumuamua is a natural object,
like a comet or asteroid.
But neither Weryk nor
Loeb can know for sure
without more data.
And sadly, Oumuamua is on its
way out of the solar system
beyond the reach of our telescopes.
So the best bet for solving this mystery?
Weryk: So for Oumuamua
itself, it’s basically gone,
it’s too faint to see from the ground.
There’s no way we could
send a spacecraft mission,
so we really have to find a second object.
That would help answer a lot of questions
that we don’t know.
You know, I’m very interested
in finding a second one.
It’d be nice if I found them all.
Narrator: And Loeb already has some ideas
on where to look next.
Loeb: There should be quite a lot of them
right now in the solar system.
And some of them could be
trapped by Jupiter and the sun
that act as a fishing net.
And so some of these interstellar objects
are bound to this solar system
after the first passage.
Narrator: That’s right.
Some of these interstellar objects
might be right here in our solar system,
trapped, and waiting to be found.
It looks like astronomers may have
more fascinating discoveries to come.

100 thoughts on “Why Harvard Scientists Think This Object Is An Alien Spacecraft”

  1. Looks like it should be floating on the water….the pool IN CADDYSHACK..WHERES MURRAY WHEN.WE.NEED HIM?😎😁🤣

  2. They flew past saw Trump was still president and thought everything is good here we don’t need to stop

  3. They can no longer see this object with telescopes yet we can see billions of years in the past with the hubble telescope, they all talking shit.

  4. What makes you think aliens need a spacecraft? Maybe there is a life form that can travel space with it's own body. Just like birds fly without an airplane. Maybe there are giant creatures in space that eat planets as food and can survive space just like fish can survive under water. I find that more possible than another life form building spacecraft on their planet like we do.

  5. Sooo why dont we send something into space towards another planet with some solar sails attached to it… Something that weighs like 150 tons… something that doesnt break apart entering a atmosphere…. and let us destroy a plant lol

  6. Everyone better hope it’s not intelligent life out there. Just read the comments and you’ll see there’s none here. You’d think there would be at least one video on here where people could have an intelligent conversation about. Oh well I’ll do my part , here goes. Giants from planet niberu are throwing rocks at us and barely missed. 🙂 how’d I do ???????

  7. I heard it was self propelled and it actually stopped here and then began to move away from here anybody else here this?

  8. They can come up with any kind of assumption, fact or whatever. Nothing can be further from- the truth. Oumuamua is just a space object. Even if I am right or wrong, I guess there is a reason it appeared to us. I think it can only be explained from a spiritual perspective.

  9. Harvard is a law and business school, dont know how many Astro scientists that went there. This rock is not aerodynamic, cant see it travels light years at warp speeds.

  10. I think nothing exciting hasnt happen in a long time and peoples jobs are on the line and they need to fabricate some bullshit .

  11. I wouldn't care if it's aliens, if it makes the human race stop existing or makes my hentai dreams come true, I'm up for it ╮(╯▽╰)╭

  12. it might be one of saturn and uranus ring maker. ive watch one video here in youtube which has evidence that a cigar shape flying object is making rings for saturn and uranus.

  13. the level of technology to cruise in space yet the design of their ship is like that? and if aliens with space travel technology wants to occupy earth, then its way too advance for us to survive their weapons.. just look at the evolution of weapons in a primitive planet like earth, imagine how crazy their weapons will be..

  14. “In the third Tajalli (effulgence) of the Book of
    Tajalliyat (Book of Effulgences), We have mentioned: “Arts, crafts and sciences
    uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation. Knowledge is as
    wings to man’s life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent
    upon everyone. The knowledge of such sciences, however, should be acquired as
    can profit the peoples of the earth, and not those, which begin with words and
    end with words. Great indeed is the claim of scientists and craftsmen on the
    peoples of the world. Unto this beareth witness the Mother Book in this
    conspicuous station.”

    (Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 26)

  15. This is the reason why you should give University a pass all that debt to learn about floating turds 💩

  16. our solar system came into contact with it. it didn't come into contact with our solar system. thats a common misconception. it's been traveling for millions of years

  17. Wrong. The paper referred to here posits several theories as to the nature of 'Oumuamua, in an effort to explain the data received.
    Your title is misleading and inaccurate.

  18. NASA: We believe we have located an alien object

    YouTube comments: we have something to say about that

  19. I bet it's just got some really chaotic magnetic properties, hence why gravities in the solar system didn't agree with it's path of travel.
    Something, somewhere tried skipping the biggest damn rock… Ever.

  20. Clickbait they don’t actually believe that it’s just a theory of theirs that they say they can’t rule out

  21. Human's are scared of aliens
    Because they think
    👽 will treat them just like how human's treat other living things.

  22. After 7 months of research and careful examination of the evidence I have come to the conclusion that this is the 6.8 billion year-old remnant of a dildo that was used on the planet a hole, by the hermaphroditic giant race Missiedongos. And my evidence makes as much sense as anybody else's it was never actually examine this object, or had a sample of it!!!!

  23. Hi. I am guessin. It's lunch time. I'm going for a burrito or 🍣 sushirito. Hope it's not vegan!!?? This is what it looks like to me if wrapped up one of these, not so cylindrically wrapped.

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