Harvard's suggestion that a strange binary object that invaded our solar system could have been an artificial object built by a foreign culture that drew much attention around the world, but the truth is a little less exciting, said the researcher who discovered the object.
"Honestly, I think it's a bit of wild speculation," astronomer Robert Warwick told CBC of Canada. "We really think that's not true based on the data we've obtained."
Instead, he said, "I think it's actually a remnant of another solar system … It's just a remnant of a comet from the distant solar system, but we have no idea which one is just something that happened to us."
The object "Omamua – Hawaii for" Remote Messenger Comes First "- is the first ever observed intruder in the orbits of our planets.It was picked up by telescopes in October 2017 at the University of Haleakala University of Hawaii.It is now on its way out of the solar system and is expected not to return Scientists say that other "interstellar" objects may have sailed in the past without being noticed.
A new article by Professor Avi Loeb, chairman of astronomy at Harvard, and postdoctoral researcher Shmuel Bialy suggested that the target could be a light sail or a solar sail – a proposed method for operating a spacecraft that uses the sail to capture radiation pressure and move the spaceship, A standard sail uses the wind to propel a boat.
The paper offers the short sail theory, because Lob said last week, the object has an inexplicable excess acceleration like a comet, which gets pushed when the ice on it evaporates. "But Omamu did not have a tail like a comet," Lev observed.
Warwick said he believed the target was a comet with "a small amount of outgassing that was not visible directly from the ground, so it does not look like a tribe."
Other researchers are also cautious. Stephen Beckwith, an astronomy professor and director of the Space Science Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley, said last week: "The evidence for a light sail from faraway civilization is too weak to make a convincing case, but it is nonetheless fun to think about."
"I think a lot of people like to think about exotic possibilities, it really opens up more questions of what, but in this particular case, I think the data clearly indicate that this is a natural object. "That's right," Work told CBC.
Loeb said today in an e-mail: "Our paper follows the standard scientific methodology: anomaly is expressed in the data, the standard explanation does not explain it, so an alternative interpretation is suggested. Wrong interpretations can be ruled out when additional data will be released on Oumuamua or other members of its population in the future.
"The nature of Omamu will not be dictated by a Twitter popularity contest, that's what it is, and the sarcasm of critics is irrelevant," he said.