Astronomers are planning to use the world’s largest telescope to investigate a speeding object in our solar system which could very well be an alien space ship…or an interstellar piece of junk…or aliens.
The Robert C Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia (one of the most powerful and longest-named telescopes in the country) will be pointed toward the mysterious object in the hopes of picking up any radio signals being broadcasted. The cigar-shaped object was first noticed in October and reached a peak speed of 196,000 mph. It is currently speeding away from our Solar System.
Named ‘Oumuamua,’ after the Hawaiian word for “messenger,” the body was first discovered by the Pan -STARRS telescope at the University of Hawaii. The peculiar-shaped object looks to be originated from a neighboring solar system.
Avi Leob, professor of astronomy at Harvard University and an advisor to the Breakthrough Listen Project, says they expect to know very soon if the object is artificial in origin. “Most likely it is of natural origin, but because it is so peculiar, we would like to check if it has any sign of artificial origin, such as radio emissions,” said Leob.
Although, if it is a technologically advanced alien space craft with the capability to travel the galaxy, wouldn’t it also have the ability to mask itself as natural in origin? Think about it. Or don’t think about it.
Even if Oumuamua is of natural origin, it could still provide valuable scientific data for astronomers aiding in understanding where the body came from and how it got its shape. The Green Bank Telescope could also pick up whether the object is carrying water or ice.
We will soon find out the object known as Messenger has a message for us, or if its just another piece of floating debris.