In October, astronomers spotted a weird asteroid in the form of a cigar, which they called Oumuamua. They couldn’t tell where the mysterious object came from, so they decided to investigate and look for traces on alien technology present on its surface. To do it, they will make use of one of the biggest telescopes in the world, Green Bank in West Virginia.
Oumuamua doesn’t look like a regular asteroid
Oumuamua is the most unusual asteroid ever spotted, as it doesn’t look like a regular object of its type. Therefore, they decided to explore the possibility of it being an alien object. Through the project called Breakthrough Listen, they will use the advanced telescope to search possible alien radio signals.
As they took the first look at Oumuamua, they discovered it was unusual. The object had different properties than the regular asteroids they scientists usually spot, and they could quickly tell it came from outside our galaxy. However, they wanted to find out if the object could have been sent from other intelligent beings in the universe.
Astronomers want to check it for alien radio transmissions
Researchers say the object gets stranger the more time they spend studying it. Therefore, they couldn’t exclude the hypothesis that it was created artificially by aliens. As it was traveling through our solar system, it remained quite close to our planet, at twice the distance between Earth and the Sun.
In about a minute or even less, the telescope can pick up radio signals sent by a mobile phone. Therefore, they are convinced they can find out if Oumuamua sends radio signals as well. Astronomers say the space rock is most probably natural, but they still want to check it for signs of any kind of artificial origins.
Today is the day when they start the observations with the Green Bank telescope. The first phase is scheduled to last 10 hours, and will check four typical radio transmission bands. Even if they don’t find any radio signals, they can still find out more about the composition of Oumuamua.
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