'Welcome to the interstellar club': Controversial professor STILL claims Oumuamua is an alien probe and reveals the message humans will receive when we reach deep space
- Harvard academics claimed Oumuamua was a probe from an alien civilization
- It was the first ever recorded interstellar object to enter our solar system
- Professor Avi believes humans will receive a message saying 'welcome to the interstellar club' when we exit the solar system
A Harvard professor who received huge backlash after claiming the mysterious cigar-shaped space rock Oumuamua was an alien probe is steadfastly standing by his controversial theory.
Avi Loeb, chair of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, has given an interview defending his hypothesis that the mysterious rock is a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth's near an alien civilization. '
Dr Loeb has now said that when humans succeed in leaving the solar system we will be greeted with a message that says 'Welcome to the interstellar club' from distant alien civilizations.
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Oumuamua (artist's impression pictured), was first viewed by telescopes in October 2017. A Harvard professor received huge backlash after claiming the mysterious cigar-shaped space rock Oumuamua was an alien probe
"As soon as we leave the Solar System, I believe we will see a great deal of traffic out there, 'he told Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
' Possibly we'll get a message that says, "Welcome to the interstellar club." We'll discover multiple dead civilizations – that is, we'll find their remains. '
Oumuamua, Hawaiian for 'messenger' or 'scout,' was first viewed by telescopes in October 2017.
The alien rock was the first interstellar object to enter our solar system and is about 1,300 feet long (400 meters) , and only about 130 feet (40 meters) wide.
Dr Loab and a team of researchers at Harvard published a research paper based on the theory that a quirk of its acceleration was a result of alien propulsion.
'Currently there is an unexplained phenomena, namely, the excess acceleration of Oumuamua, which we can be described by the force of radiation pressure from the sun,' co-author and Harvard astrophysicist Shmuel Bialy said at the time.
However, this requires the body to have a very large surface and be very thin, which is not encountered in nature. '
Avi Loeb (pictured), is chair of Harvard University's Astronomy Department and presented an interview defending his hypothesis that the mysterious rock is a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth near an alien civilization '
The alien rock (artist's impression pictured) was the first interstellar object to enter our solar system and is about 1,300 feet long (400 meters), and only about 130 feet wide. Dr Loab and a team of researchers at Harvard published a research paper based on the theory of a acceleration as a result of alien propulsion
Their suggestion of an alien force at work went viral and received condemnation from other scientists.
Harvard's academics pressed ahead with their hypothesis despite the concerns from their peers.
'We have no way of knowing whether it's active technology, or a space that is no longer operational and is continuing to float in space,' Professor Loeb added recently.
"But if 'Oumuamua was created together with a whole population of similar objects that were launched randomly, the fact that we discovered it means that its creators launched a quadrillion probes like it to every star in the Milky Way."
WHAT IS 'OUMUAMUA AND WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT IT?
A cigar-shaped asteroid named' Oumuamua sailed past Earth at 97,200mph (156,428km / h) in October.
It was first spotted by a telescope in Hawaii on October 19, and was observed 34 separate times in the following week.
It is named after the Hawaiian term for 'scout' or 'messenger' and passed the Earth at about 85 times the distance to the moon.
It was the first interstellar object seen in the solar system, and it baffled astronomers
Initially, it was thought the object could be a comet.
However, the display shows none of the classic behavior expected of comets, such as a dusty, water-ice particle tail.
The asteroid is one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated – perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide.
That aspect ratio is greater than that of any asteroid or asteroid observed in our solar system to date.
But the asteroid's slightly red hue – specifically pale pink and varying brightness are remarkably similar to objects in our own solar system.
Around the size of the Gherkin skyscraper in London, which astronomers were convinced it was piloted by aliens due to the fixed distance the object traveled without being destroyed – and the closeness of its journey fits the Earth.
Alien hunters at SETI – the Search for Extra-terrestrial intelligence based at Berkeley University, California said there was a possibility the rock was 'an alien artifact'.
But scientists from Queen's University Belfast took a good look at the object and said it appears to be an asteroid, or "planetesimal" as originally thought.
Researchers believe the cigar-shaped asteroid had a "violent fit", after looking at the light bouncing off its surface.
They aren't sure when the violent collision took place, but they believe the lonely asteroid's tumbling will continue for at least a billion years.