Harvard professor Avi Loeb: Alien particles handed close to Earth in 2017
- According to a new book by Avi Loeb, a Harvard University professor, scientists discovered the first sign of intelligent life outside of Earth in 2017.
- The “rocky, cigar-shaped object with a slightly reddish hue” was named “1I / 2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua” by NASA.
- “There was only one possible explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization,” said publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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An alien object that flew through near-earth space in 2017, Harvard University astronomer Avi Loeb wrote in a book slated to be published this month.
According to Loeb, it was the first sign of intelligent life outside the earth.
Scientists at a Hawaiian observatory saw “an object floating through our inner solar system and moving so fast it could only have come from another star,” according to the marketing summary for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent “Life Beyond Earth. “
The object wasn’t a natural occurrence, but a piece of space junk ejected from another galaxy, according to Loeb, a science professor with a PhD in physics.
“There was only one possible explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization,” said HMH.
Physicist Avi Loeb, right, with physicist Stephen Hawking and others on stage.
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In one review, Publishers Weekly called the book a “controversial manifesto”.
But Loeb was not alone in his excitement about the object that NASA called “1I / 2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua”.
“As the first confirmed object from another star visiting our solar system, this interstellar invader appears to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a slightly reddish hue,” NASA said in its description of the object.
“We have theorized that such interstellar objects are out there for decades, and now – for the first time – we have direct evidence that they exist,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, assistant administrator of NASA’s directorate for scientific missions in Washington when it was originally discovered.
He added, “This historic discovery opens a new window to study the formation of solar systems beyond our own.”
Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe, wrote in the blurb that Loeb’s new book “convinces you that scientific curiosity is the key to our future success”.
“An exciting and eloquent case that we may have seen a sign of intelligent life near Earth – and that we should look further,” she wrote.
Harvard Professor Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics, added, “Is the hypothesis true? Who knows. But let’s try to find out!”