A pair of Harvard scientists has come up with an astounding explanation for the strange behavior of the first interstellar object to pass through our solar system, suggesting it was a probe sent by an alien civilization to check us out. An Israeli Nibiru expert suggests a different cause, while giving an astounding explanation that links aliens to paranormal activity.
A relatively small object (by cosmic standards), approximately 700 feet long and a mere 100 feet wide, Oumuamua was discovered in October 2017. At the time, it was 21 million miles from Earth and travelling at approximately 196,000 mph. It was moving so fast relative to the sun that scientists concluded there was no chance it originated in our solar system.
Comets and asteroids from within our solar system move at a slower speed, typically an average of 12 miles per second as compared to Oumuamua's sizzling 54 miles per second. This made it the first object ever detected entering our solar system that originated from an entirely different one. It came from the direction of the Lyra System, but Oumuamua's system of origin and the amount of time it has spent traveling among the stars are unknown.
Oumuamua is leaving the solar system and won't be coming back. It's heading in the direction of the constellation Pegasus and will cross the orbit of Neptune in about four years, covering one light year (5.8 trillion miles) over the next 11,000 years.
The name chosen by scientists indicates the powerful significance they ascribed to this discovery. The name comes from Hawaiian word for "scout." Before the official name was decided upon, the name "Rama" was suggested, the name given to an alien spacecraft discovered under similar circumstances in the 1973 science fiction novel Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.
Several aspects about Oumuamua perplexed scientists. Researchers are checking Oumuamua for radio transmissions but have yet to find any. Comets in our solar system generate long trails of dust and gas when they get close to the sun, but Oumuamua did not, which led observers to consider defining it as an asteroid. As it passed through the inner solar system last year, it got an unexpected burst of speed.
"Our high-precision measurements of Oumuamua's position revealed that there was something affecting its motion other than the gravitational forces of the sun and planets," said Marco Micheli from the European Space Agency group monitoring the object.
Avi Loeb, chair of the Harvard University astronomy department, emphasized the significance of this irregularity.
"It looks very different from objects that we have found in the solar system," Loeb told CBS News. "There seemed to be an extra force that is pushing it, and it's not clear what this push is from."
In an upcoming paper, he and his colleague Shmuel Bialy suggest a "more exotic scenario."
"Oumuamua could be an active piece of alien technology that came to explore our solar system, the same way we hope to explore Alpha Centauri using Starshot and similar technologies," the researchers wrote in their paper published earlier this month. "The alternative is to imagine that Oumuamua was on a reconnaissance mission."
"Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to earth vicinity by an alien civilization," they wrote. According to their calculations, Oumuamua is less than a millimeter thin, but very wide like a sail, harnessing solar radiation to propel itself.
Before he died in March, Professor Stephen Hawking suggested that if an interstellar probe were to appear in the Solar System, it would most likely be shaped like Oumuamua.
"Researchers working on long-distance space transportation have previously suggested that a cigar or needle shape is the most likely architecture for an interstellar spacecraft, since this would minimize friction and damage from interstellar gas and dust," Hawking wrote.
"Of course there is life on other planets," Ovadia told Breaking Israel News unequivocally. "Jewish sources state this possibility. According to Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism, Hashem (God, literally 'the name') created other worlds before this one. The problem with scientists is that they admit that there is such a possibility, but anytime anyone suggests that it is true, they label them as 'crazy.'"
Ovadia suggested another possible source for Oumuamua: an interstellar star described in the Zohar, the basis for Jewish mysticism.
"The Zohar describes a huge star which will come to our solar system from a distant system," Ovadia said. "It will be accompanied by seven other stars. It is clear that if so many large objects are coming from a distant solar system, they will be preceded by a wave of detritus, rocks being pushed ahead of it as it travels."
Ovadia emphasized that the question of the existence of extraterrestrials was irrelevant.
"Our purpose in this world is to serve God and to bring geula (redemption)," Ovadia said. "Though Jewish sources suggest that it is a possibility, there is no Jewish source that tells us that extraterrestrials are part of the Divine Plan as it relates to us."
Ovadia also suggested that the subject of extraterrestrial visits may be misunderstood.
"The Talmud frequently describes interactions between people and shedim (demons)," he said. "The Talmud says that demons love to drive us crazy. It is entertainment for them. Many people may think they have seen aliens from other planets, but what they actually saw were demons taking a different form."
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This article originally appeared at breakingisraelnews.com.
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