(ORDO NEWS) — The interstellar object ‘Oumuamua flying through our solar system is most likely not an alien spacecraft. This is stated in an article by Chinese astronomers accepted for publication by the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Chinese experts analyzed the characteristics of Oumuamua and noted that the probability of its artificial origin is extremely low.
“The possibility that ‘Oumuamua is equipped with a light sail is extremely unlikely.
If it were a light sail, the change in brightness of the object would have to be much greater,” said one of the co-authors of the study, Shangfei Liu, an astronomer at Sun Yat-sen University.
In early February of this year, Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb, who has a controversial reputation, said that “in the coming months, the world may receive the first image that will be irrefutable proof that UFOs are really alien spacecraft.” Under the potential ship, Loeb just meant the interstellar asteroid Oumuamua.
This space object was discovered in October 2017. Initially, scientists mistook it for a comet. The nature of the trajectory of the celestial body showed that it had never been gravitationally bound to the solar system.
To clarify its properties, the “Very Large Telescope” was used – a group of four telescopes on Mount Cerro Paranal in Chile.
To cancel planned observations, astronomers had to activate the URGENT: The first interstellar object in the solar system program.
Observation of ‘Oumuamua during a flyby of the Sun showed that it is not a comet, but an asteroid.
Scientists also managed to calculate its trajectory: it showed that the alien flew to us from the constellation Lyra (the departure point is in the vicinity of the star Vega), but the constellation Carina is considered its most likely home. Tentatively, the asteroid has been in interstellar space for 45 million years.
‘Oumuamua is currently leaving our system. In May 2018, he crossed the orbit of Jupiter, and in January 2019, the orbit of Saturn. It will take about 23,000 years to fly out of the solar system.
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