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Much has been written about Abraham Loeb's hypothesis in 2018 that Oumuamua may be an alien probe carried on a solar sail since the initial publication of a paper.
Last night/this morning George Knapp interviewed Abraham Loeb.
Quote: "The object had no trace of carbon-based molecules or dust around it, and because of the way sunlight reflected off it, Loeb determined that it was pancake or disc-shaped rather than the cigar shape that was popularly depicted (as in the illustration above).
Such flat objects are not produced in nature, he noted, suggesting that 'Oumuamua was artificially created."
Please see what Vinny had to say about Oumuamua and Abraham Loeb.
Quote: "News report - of Abraham (Avi) Loeb's alien suggestion
Harvard scientist Abraham (Avi) Loeb's "alien" research paper (linked above) seems to be just an Ad for the lightsail project Breakthrough Starshot that he is associated with - in fact, he is the chairman of the Advisory Board for the project ! The last line of his paper mentions that his study was partly funded by Breakthrough Prize Foundation, part of the same company group. His paper was a clever but almost deceitful way just to introduce their name. I think this is a total mockery of peer review system & is dishonest science, with a vested interest. Conflict of interest is another way to describe it. A lightsail company's ad is disguised as a scientific paper.
Avi Loeb does not mention at all how the lightcurve data of Oumuamua predicts a super thin object. What he proposes in his paper does not seem to have any connection to Oumuamua and did not need it at all. He cleverly piggy backed on it for publicity. Even scientists say there is absolutely no way to reproduce the observed lightcurve of Oumuamua with a solar lightsail, even if it is tumbling."
Abraham Loeb and Stephen Hawking were not the only ones suggesting Oumuamua is artificial. Corey Goode and David Wilcock claimed the object was made by the "Ancient Builder Race" and alleged the Secret Space Program landed on and entered the object.
Corey Goode and David Wilcock said the object was cigar shaped, not pancake shape. Their artist for the Gaia TV show depicted it cigar shaped like most other pictures used to illustrate it in media.
See this article by Kevin Shalvey.
See this article by Lara Wilson that includes quotes and a link to the report.
There seems to be a consensus view developing that Oumuamua is an alien craft.
Is there any data reporting on its onward journey?
Yes, Oumuamua was slingshot around the Sun and exited the Solar System in the direction of Pegasus.
Thanks. Is there any anecdotal tales around of life in the direction of Pegasus?
See this Op-ed by journalist Brian McGleenon.
Look at what Dr. Michael E. Salla wrote about Abraham Loeb and Oumuamua.
Please view this essay written by Mathew Bothwell and edited by Sally Davies on aeon.co in the wake of Oumuamua and Abraham Loeb's book.
Professor Abraham Loeb is scheduled to speak at Contact in the Desert.
Interesting, so the variance of light emitted from Oumuamua together with variable speeds of the object could suggest an object of intelligence?
The language offered in the article for some reason took me back to the 70's when I fondly listened to the track Albedo by Vangelis.
Who said Oumuamua emitted light? Most said Oumuamua simply reflected sunlight and is not self luminous. The variable speeds of the object have not been fully explained. Some proposed ‘radiative anisotropy’. Others proposed ‘outgassing’. Abraham Loeb proposed the object is a solar sail. Abraham Loeb is heavily involved with an engineering initiative to build a solar sail. Perhaps Abraham Loeb pointed to Oumuamua as a proof of concept.
No surprise. Author Mathew Bothwell and Editor Sally Davies probably appreciate Vangelis's concept album themed around space physics. Mathew Bothwell is the public astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. Did a quick web search for the track. Sounds like the kind of music played at planetarium shows that were popular in the 1970s. Groovy! (Sorry, could not resist adding the dated expression.)
Ha Groovy, love it.
Red Pill Junkie and Kevin Randle wrote about Abraham Loeb's project recently.
Jason Colavito also wrote about Abraham Loeb's project.
Jason Colavito seems to give the impression that Ufology is some kind of drivel from the posts that you have kindly sourced Reanemus. Yet he seems intent on giving the subject a fair degree of oxygen with his blog! strange.
Yes, strange indeed!
Found another excellent blog post written by Jason Colavito.
Jason Colavito is one of four skeptics David Bates wrote about in this article dated October 29.
Here is a more recent article written by Blake Smith and published on Monday.
As mentioned before, I am always skeptical of individuals that profit from the general subject, on both sides of the argument !
The Initiative for Interstellar Studies says it is possible to chase down Oumuamua decades into the future with prototype Starshot laser beaming infrastructure.
Professor Abraham Loeb is the Chairman of the Breakthrough Starshot Advisory Board. How strange is it that the Initiative for Interstellar Studies says it is possible to chase down Oumuamua using the infrastructure of the project on which Professor Abraham Loeb is the Chairman of its Advisory Board while he himself says it is not possible?
I suspect the window of enthusiasm to chase down Oumuamua has now passed by. I guess there are many other space projects seeking funding that have been deemed a greater importance, but are still without sufficient funding.
Here is an article by Professor Abraham Loeb that was published yesterday.
What do they really know?
I am not sure that that the NASA response to Professor Loeb is representative of what knowledge NASA is fully aware of.
The response from Thomas Zurbuchen, the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, to Professor Loeb was that they might likely find evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial life, but was uncertain if they would find it within their lifetime because he had to ask the professor how old he was, but still remembered the professor's birthday was at the end of the week when that WORD.MINDS forum was coordinated by Rolf Dobelli. Has anybody else at NASA responded to Professor Loeb?
Professor Loeb recommends NASA to look for evidence of extraterrestrial life on the Moon during planned lunar missions.
True, anything left on the Moon would still be up there undisturbed. If the urban legend of the alleged secret lunar mission of Apollo 20 is true, then alleged secret space programs would have already done exactly what Professor Loeb recommends NASA to do. The book and film 2001: A Space Odyssey involved a Bracewell probe positioned on the Moon for the exact same reasons why Professor Loeb says the Moon is where to look for extraterrestrial technology. Richard C. Hoagland suggested Oumuamua could be a Bracewell probe.
Ahh but, wasn't humanity told never to return to the moon on 22 December 1972?
I do not know if that really happened or not. That is another urban legend about lunar missions.
In 2011, a science fiction horror film titled Apollo 18 was released.
It does seem strange that its almost 60 years since humanity has 'officially" stepped foot on the moon. Most would not buy the excuse of budgetary constraints, especially when trillions of extra dollars have been printed in the past 2 years to counter the effects of Covid, so maybe the threat not to return to the moon could have some validity.
This news story by Brad Bergen about the James Webb Space Telescope was published six days ago.
Do we know much about Borisov identified in 2018 that was mentioned in the above article?
Yes. Years ago, there was something about the comet on this website's news page, but not now. The comet was discovered by Gennady Borisov on August 30, 2019, but was already inside the solar system by then and was imaged almost a year before its discovery.
The comet is no longer in one piece.
Blogger Chris Knowles included a screenshot of that headline in this blog post from April 2020.
Comets were seen as bad omens in antiquity and apparently still are by some as the post indicates. That blog is all about superstitious symbolism, astrology, and the Book of Revelation. The internet has allowed these kinds of superstitions to proliferate now more than ever despite all the new real science available.
Over ten years ago, scientists proposed the Moon should be scoured for signs of alien intervention.
Here is an article by Keith Kloor about Professor Abraham Loeb and his Galileo Project.
It does seem that these interstellar objects are becoming increasingly frequent in our solar system. Is it that its a new phenomenon, or is it something that has been occurring for a long time and humanity just hasn't noticed these interstellar objects until recently?
No, it is not a new phenomenon. Interstellar objects have entered and exited our solar system for a long time. The sensitive technology that astronomers use to notice interstellar objects entering and exiting our solar system is a recent innovation. We know that objects from outside the solar system have crashed into Earth in the past by analyzing the ratios of elements and isotopes in meteorites.
Makes sense, that in turn creates an awakening process for humanity of how minuscule earth really is in the great array of life.