A possible link between ‘Oumuamua and an unknown aerial phenomenon’

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A possible link between ‘Oumuamua and an unknown aerial phenomenon‘. If some UAPs turn out to be extraterrestrial technology, they may leave sensors to tune in on a subsequent craft. What if ‘Oumuamua is such a trade?

Oumuamua and an unknown aerial phenomenon

A colleague of mine once pointed out that every morning there is a long line of customers across the street from a famous bakery in Paris. I want someone to wait for my scientific papers as eagerly as Parisians wait for their baguettes, he said. However, there is an exception to this wish. It contains recent scientific evidence that we are not the only intelligent species in the universe.

Until recently, there have been two sources of such evidence

First, it was speculated that the interstellar object discovered in 2017, ‘Oumuamua, had a flat shape and appeared to have been moved away from the sun like a beacon. This “pancake” wobbled once every eight hours and was the result of the rarefied state of the local standard of rest, which is averaged over the motion of all the stars around the Sun.

Second, the Pentagon must present a report to Congress stating that some unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) are real but their nature is unknown. If UAPs originated in China or Russia and were a national security risk, their existence would never have been revealed to the public. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the US government believes that some of these objects are not of human origin.

This leaves two possibilities

Either the UAPs are natural terrestrial phenomena or they are of extraterrestrial origin. Both possibilities mean something new and interesting that we did not know before. Therefore, the UAP study should move from capturing the talking points of national security administrators and politicians to a field of science where it is studied by scientists rather than government officials. Many or even most PAUs can be natural phenomena.

But even if one of them is supernatural, could there be a possible link to ‘Oumuamua? The estimated abundance of objects similar to Oumuamua is unreasonably large if they are of purely natural origin. Together with Amaya Morrow-Martin and Ed Turner, I wrote an article in 2009 that calculated the number of interstellar rocks based on known information about the Solar System and assuming that these rocks orbit other stars, they were derived from similar planetary systems.

The population of objects needed to explain ‘Oumuamua’s discovery exceeds the expected number of interstellar rocks per unit volume by an order of magnitude. In fact, there should be a trillion Oumuamua-like objects within the Solar System at any given time, if they are distributed in a random path with the same probability of moving in all directions.

But the figures are reasonable if ‘Oumuamua were an artificial object on a mission directed towards the Sun, aimed at collecting data from the habitable zone near Earth. One may also wonder if ‘Oumuamua may have been receiving data from probes that had already fallen on Earth. So the thin, flat shape of ‘Oumuamua might have resembled that of a catcher.

Oumuamua & Aerial Phenomenon

Thus, ‘Oumuamua was not pushed by sunlight for the purpose of propulsion, but as a by-product of its thin flat shape. A similar impulse from the reflection of sunlight without the comet’s tail was characteristic of an artificial rocket booster identified in 2020 by the same Pan-STARRS telescope that ‘Oumuamua discovered. This man-made object, called 2020 SO, was not designed as a solar sail, but had thin walls with large surface-to-mass ratios for a different purpose.

Right now, the possibility that any UAP is extraterrestrial is highly speculative. But if we consider this possibility for the sake of entertainment, ‘Oumuamua’s spinning motion could cause it to scan signals from all directions. ‘Oumuamua’s predecessor could have been a spacecraft that inadvertently deposited small probes into Earth’s atmosphere, as it visited before Pan-STARRS began operating.

Oumuamua & an unknown aerial phenomenon

Along this imaginative line of reasoning, ‘Oumuamua could have arranged it to come from a neutral local standard of comfort, serving as a local “galactic parking spot”, so that its origins remain unknown. But instead of thinking about possible scenarios, we should better collect scientific data and clarify the nature of UAP.

This can be done by deploying state-of-the-art cameras on wide-field telescopes that monitor the sky. The sky is not classified; There are only government-owned sensors. By looking for unusual events in the same geographic locations that the UAP report came from, scientists can clear up the mystery in a transparent analysis of open data.

As noted in my recent book Extraterrestrial, I don’t enjoy science fiction stories because story lines often violate the laws of physics. But we must keep an open mind to the possibility that science will one day reveal a reality that was previously thought to be fiction. This is an opinion and analysis article; The opinions expressed by the author or authors do not necessarily reflect those of Science World.

Could there be a link between the interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua and the unknown aerial phenomenon? If so, ‘Oumuamua could be scanning Earth’s neighborhood for signs. What if ‘Oumuamua were sent into our solar system to search for signs at the behest of an alien civilization? An astronomer says it is implausible, but perhaps it is worth reflecting.

What if ‘Oumuamua were sent into our solar system to search for signs at the behest of an alien civilization? An astronomer says it is implausible, but perhaps it is worth reflecting. A colleague of mine once pointed out that every morning there is a long line of customers across the street from a famous bakery in Paris.

“I wish someone would wait for my scientific papers as far in advance as Parisians lined up eagerly for their baguettes,” he said. However, there is an exception to this wish. It contains recent scientific evidence that we are not the only intelligent species in the universe.

Until recently, there have been two sources of such evidence.

At first, the interstellar object, ‘Oumuamua, discovered in 2017, was thought to have a flat shape and appeared to have been moved away from the sun like a beacon. This “pancake” wobbled once every eight hours and was the result of the rarefied state of the local standard of rest, which is averaged over the motion of all the stars around the Sun.

Second, the Pentagon must present a report to Congress stating that some unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) are real but their nature is unknown. If UAPs originated in China or Russia and were a national security risk, their existence would never have been revealed to the public. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the US government believes that some of these objects are not of human origin.

This leaves two possibilities: either the UAPs are natural terrestrial phenomena or they are of extraterrestrial origin. Both possibilities mean something new and interesting that we did not know before. Therefore, the UAP study should move from capturing the talking points of national security administrators and politicians to a field of science where it is studied by scientists rather than government officials. Many or even most PAUs can be natural phenomena. But if even one of them is supernatural, could there be a possible link to ‘Oumuamua?

The estimated abundance of objects similar to Oumuamua is unreasonably large if they are of purely natural origin. Together with Amaya Morrow-Martin and Ed Turner, I wrote an article in 2009 that calculated the number of interstellar rocks based on known information about the Solar System and assuming that these rocks orbit other stars, they were derived from similar planetary systems.

The population of objects needed to explain ‘Oumuamua’s discovery exceeds the expected number of interstellar rocks per unit volume by an order of magnitude. In fact, there should be a trillion Oumuamua-like objects within the Solar System at any given time, if they are distributed in a random path with the same probability of moving in all directions.

Oumuamua was not pushed by sunlight

But the figures are reasonable if ‘Oumuamua were an artificial object on a mission directed towards the Sun, aimed at collecting data from the habitable zone near Earth. One may also wonder if Oumuamua may have been receiving data from probes that had already fallen on Earth. So the thin, flat shape of ‘Oumuamua might have resembled that of a catcher.

Thus, ‘Oumuamua was not pushed by sunlight for the purpose of propulsion, but as a by-product of its thin flat shape. A similar impulse from the reflection of sunlight without the comet’s tail was characteristic of an artificial rocket booster identified in 2020 by the same Pan-STARRS telescope that ‘Oumuamua discovered. This man-made object, called 2020 SO, was not designed as a solar sail, but had thin walls with large surface-to-mass ratios for a different purpose.

Right now, the possibility that any UAP is extraterrestrial is highly speculative. But if we consider this possibility for the sake of entertainment, ‘Oumuamua’s spinning motion could cause it to scan signals from all directions. ‘Oumuamua’s predecessor may have been a spacecraft that inadvertently deposited small probes into Earth’s atmosphere, as visited by Pan-STARRS before beginning its operations.

Along this imaginative line of reasoning, ‘Oumuamua could have arranged it to come from a neutral local standard of comfort, serving as a local “galactic parking spot”, so that its origins remain unknown. But instead of thinking about possible scenarios, we should better collect scientific data and clarify the nature of UAP.

This can be done by deploying state-of-the-art cameras on wide-field telescopes that monitor the sky. The sky is not classified; There are only government-owned sensors. By looking for unusual events in the same geographic locations that the UAP report came from, scientists can clear up the mystery in a transparent analysis of open data.

As noted in my recent book Extraterrestrial, I don’t enjoy science fiction stories because story lines often violate the laws of physics. But we must keep an open mind to the possibility that science will one day reveal a reality that was previously thought to be fiction.

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