Alien Technology Passed Earth in 2017 With Oumuamua, Professor Avi Loeb Explains

Oumuamua, or what Prof. Avi Loeb believes was alien debris passing Earth in 2017 1 photo
Photo: European Southern Observatory / M. Kornmesser
It’s been said countless times, including by Harvard Professor Avi Loeb: it would be ridiculous for us to assume we’re the only ones in this vast universe. In fact, according to Loeb, look no further than 2017 for signs that we are not alone.
This isn’t the first time Professor Loeb makes headlines for what many in the scientific community still consider an outrageous idea, but he isn’t backing down. He maintains the Oumuamua “asteroid” that passed Earth in 2017 was no regular asteroid at all, but rather a piece of debris of alien technology.

On January 26, Professor Loeb has a new book coming out, “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” which will further elaborate on his and postdoctoral researcher Shmuel Bialy’s 2018 theory that Oumuamua was alien technology. Or, as he explains in a couple of recent interviews, both available at the bottom of the page, space junk coming from an alien civilization.

The Professor has been saying this all along: the oblong, cigar-shaped object with reddish tint (officially named 1I/2017 U1 “Oumuamua” by NASA) that passed Earth did not act like an asteroid. It did not have a comet’s tail and seemed to accelerate as it moved, which could only mean that it was being pushed away from the sun by another force than gravity. That force was, most likely, sunlight reflected onto the object itself.

Professor Loeb says humanity is also working on developing sun sails, which would allow space ships to move without the need to carry fuel, as sunlight would reflect against the sails and thus move the ship. He believes Oumuamua was some type of alien debris that deployed the same technology.

According to the description that accompanies the Professor’s upcoming book, he believes Oumuamua is also “the first interstellar visitor” to be spotted in our solar system. Given the implications such a thing would have on anything from science to religion, Loeb wrote the “Extraterrestrial” book to “challenge readers to aim for the stars – and to think critically about what’s out there, no matter how strange it seems.”

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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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