The interstellar object that entered the Solar System in 2017 can be a sign of alien life, according to a Harvard professor.
In his upcoming book Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, he says just that.
According to the Businessinsider report, in the book-cover blurb, Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe, wrote that Loeb’s new book “convinces you that scientific curiosity is key to our future success.”
“An exciting and eloquent case that we might have seen a sign of intelligent life near Earth – and that we should search further,” Businessinsider quoted Wojcicki as saying.
‘Oumuamua is the first interstellar object to enter the Solar System and was discovered on October 19, 2017 by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS1 telescope.
Initially, it was considered a comet but soon studies showed that it did not have properties usually seen in comets.
NASA observed that it had been wandering through the Milky Way galaxy. Describing the object, NASA said that its elongated shape is quite surprising, and unlike objects seen in the solar system and that it may provide new clues into how other solar systems formed.
It further said that the interstellar interloper appeared to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a slight reddish hue. ‘Oumuamua measures up to 400 meters long and highly-elongated, which NASA estimates is perhaps ten times as long as it is wide.
Loeb feels the best way to look for alien life is to look for their garbage so to speak. He believes this asteroid or comet or whatever the object is, is actually alien trash.