Astronomer Avi Loeb thinks a failed alien experiment could destroy the Milky Way
(ORDO NEWS) — Former director of the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, Avi Loeb, who became famous for his fanatical belief in the existence of a huge number of highly developed alien civilizations, put forward a new hypothesis.
In the popular science magazine Scientific American, an article by Professor Loeb was published, where he suggests that an advanced alien civilization can create a giant particle accelerator – something like a larger version of the Large Hadron Collider – which will lead to the generation of huge amounts of red-hot dark matter, burning everything in Milky Way at the speed of light.
According to him, if we want to survive, we need to get into interstellar diplomacy as soon as possible.
“One way to avoid this type of space catastrophe is to conclude an interstellar treaty similar to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty first signed in 1963 by the governments of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States,” Loeb wrote.
Of course, this is most likely not a pressing problem.
We have no proof of the existence of extraterrestrial life in any form, and even more so no evidence of the presence in our galaxy of a super-advanced civilization capable of creating a device that generates energy in such quantities.
Based on Loeb’s descriptions, a theoretical particle accelerator capable of destroying an entire galaxy would have to be larger than the size of the solar system . This is, to put it mildly, overly difficult to implement.
But if we assume that such a device will be built inside our Galaxy, then there is a possibility that it will generate a “dark energy bubble” that will expand at the speed of light, destroying everything in its path.
“The bad news is that we won’t get any advance warning before this cosmic catastrophe hits us because no signals can travel faster than light.
But maybe that’s also good news, as it means that everything will happen instantly we don’t even have time to understand what struck us, ”added Loeb.
It is worth noting that the hypothetical catastrophe of a galactic scale, described by Loeb, may be just a consequence of an unsuccessful scientific experiment, and not a deliberate act of global destruction.
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