According to analysts, Oumuamua, a mysterious object that went through the solar system in 2017, is a “possible” contender for “artificial origin.” According to Express, their investigation to establish this should definitely invalidate the competing mainstream theory.
The astounding claim was made by Amir Siraj, who co-authored a paper with fellow Harvard physics professor Avi Loeb titled Eliminating the Nitrogen Model for Oumuamua. The manuscript’s text was recently accepted for publication in the journal New Astronomy.
On October 19, 2017, Robert Verick used a telescope at the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii to spot Oumuamua.
Since then, the scientific community has remained divided over what Oumuamua is. Researchers are particularly interested in its distinctive, flattened shape, which is evocative of a pancake.
Professor Loeb has stirred heated debate with his theory that it could be an alien probe propelled by what he believes to be solar sail technology.
Many of his colleagues are doubtful, and two studies released in March suggested that the “nitrogen iceberg” could have been a big chunk of nitrogen ice from an exoplanet comparable to Pluto that broke off millions of years ago.
However, Amir Siraj, director of interstellar research at the Harvard Galileo Project, is rigorously examining evidence of extraterrestrial technological relics and argues that the most recent paper he co-authored with Professor Loeb refutes that reality.
“The nitrogen finding has received a lot of attention,” Mr Siraj told Express.co.uk.
“However, we show that the nitrogen model necessitates a mass of heavy elements greater than the entire quantity trapped in stars – the absolute theoretical maximum – implying that the model is ruled impossible.”
He further emphasized that neither he nor Professor Loeb reach any firm conclusions.
“We have no idea what Oumuamua is. “We just know it’s not nitrogen because the quantity of resources required for its creation is implausible,” the study concluded.