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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 04:26 PM

Wild Idea: What If Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Is an Alien Light Sail?

Wild Idea: What If Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Is an Alien Light Sail?
By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | November 6, 2018 11:44am ET

The odd interstellar object that zoomed through the inner solar system last fall might be an alien spacecraft with a light sail, a new study suggests.

Indeed, an artificial origin would explain quite nicely the many weird characteristics of that cosmic visitor, which is known as 'Oumuamua, study co-author Avi Loeb said.

And Loeb said his colleagues shouldn't dismiss this hypothesis out of hand just because it invokes intelligent aliens. ['Oumuamua: Solar System's 1st Interstellar Visitor Explained in Photos]

"That is a prejudice that we shouldn't have," Loeb, who chairs the astronomy department at Harvard University and directs the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told Space.com. "Science should be open-minded."

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https://www.space.com/42352-oumuamua-interstellar-object-alien-light-sail.html?utm_source=notification

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 04:31 PM

1. Saw the Earth news and sailed on by...

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 04:39 PM

2. It looks like a poorly rolled gigantic joint.....a friend told me.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 04:58 PM

3. Interesting take from a highly respected astrophysics researcher

"Science should be open-minded."

Never heard that before coming from someone of that stature regarding alien visitation.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 05:55 PM

4. And I thought they had better resolution on that object.

I guess those were just artist renderings.

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