Robert: Researchers say interstellar object could have been aliens

The truth is out there. (Maybe.)

A mysterious, elongated object that was seen in our solar system last year may have been visitors gathering information, astronomers at Harvard University suggest. The object, called ‘Oumuamua, was first spotted on October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii.

Since then, experts have been debating its unusual features and origins, with some suggesting it was a comet or an asteroid, with others calling it an “interstellar object.” Researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics wrote, “‘Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization.” The theory is largely based on the object’s “excessive acceleration,” as it traveled through and ultimately out of our solar system in January.

However not everyone is buying the hypothesis. “I am distinctly unconvinced and honestly think the study is rather flawed,” said Alan Jackson, of the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. “Carl Sagan once said, ‘extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence’ and this paper is distinctly lacking in evidence nevermind extraordinary evidence.”

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