Earlier this week the mysterious interstellar object Oumuamua returned to the headlines. They did not reappear because of new observations or research since they passed through our solar system at the end of 2017, but rather because of a new paper that did not so subtly indicate that the object was actually of foreign origin.
The article, which was written by scientists at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, talks about the behavior of the object, which looped around the Sun and moved away into space. This is emphasized by the fact that the object appeared accelerating as time went by, calling with vague suggestions that it might have been a foreign ship, or even a piece of extraterrestrial cosmic garbage. Not everyone in the scientific community is willing to accept theory at face value.
Until now, nothing indicated that the cigar-shaped object was the work of aliens. It flowed through our system very quickly, and while scientists were testing whether it was an asteroid or a comet, there was no evidence to support alien explanations. The new newspaper does not change that, but tries to explain how a spacecraft propulsion system, known as a lighthouse, can be responsible for speeding up an object.
The light of the sail resembles a sail of a boat, only in space. The light of the sail would be attached to another object, and when it hits the material flowing from the star, it builds speed without using fuel. No one has built or tested a lighthouse yet, but this has not stopped scientists from suggesting that this may be a probable explanation for the growing speed of Oumuamua when it left the solar system.
This suggestion and suggestion that an alien civilization could use an object to monitor our system or even study the Earth closely, has caused the anger of many.
"What you have to understand is: scientists are completely satisfied with the publication of a bizarre idea, if he has the smallest faction of chance not to be mistaken," said astrophysicist Katie Mack. thread on Twitter. "Some of us are obviously more conservative, and certainly different depending on the field, but in my area (astrophysics / cosmology) there is generally no problem with publishing something that is (a) interesting and (b) not it is completely excluded, regardless of whether it ends with the "right answer". "
She is not alone, and other scientists have heeded their own doubts about the theory. Put simply, there is no real smoker who screams "strangers!" But there is not much to prove is not. The result is a theory that sounds breakthrough and unbelievable, but it is almost certainly nothing more than a dream.