(ORDO NEWS) — Harvard physicist Avi Loeb has suggested that some interstellar meteorites may be artificial in nature.
Earlier this month, the US Space Command (USSC) determined that the fast-moving fireball that exploded over Papua New Guinea 8 years ago actually appeared outside our solar system – even before the discovery of interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua in 2017.
Whatever was left of this object, if there was anything left at all, it would have fallen to the bottom of the ocean.
One should think about whether such an object – especially if it came from interstellar space – could be part of extraterrestrial technology, Loeb said.
However, given its small size and the vast area it now occupies, finding it will not be easy.
However, Loeb has an answer to this question as well – he proposes the use of search magnets that could comb vast areas of the Pacific seabed in search of fragments of this and other interstellar guests.
“Our discovery of an interstellar meteor heralds a new frontier of research,” he wrote in a recent paper on the subject. “The main question is, can any interstellar meteor indicate a composition that is unequivocally artificial in origin?”
“It’s even better if some technological components survive the collision.”
Of course, this question is currently impossible to answer (and the chances of this seem negligible), but Loeb set himself the goal of one day getting such a find.
“My dream is to press a few buttons on functional equipment that was made off Earth,” he said.
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