Earlier this week, the mysterious interstellar object Oumuamua returned to titles. It did not reappear due to any new observations or studies from the transition through our solar system at the end of 2017, but rather due to a new work that did not subtly suggest that the object was actually of foreign origin.
The paper, which was written by researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, talks about the object's behavior as it spins around the Sun and is coming back into space again. She points out that the object seemed to accelerate as he left, ending with some vague suggestions that maybe it was an alien ship or even a piece of junk extraterrestrial space. Not everyone in the scientific community wants to take the theory at face value.
So far, there is nothing to suggest that the cigarette object was the work of aliens. He sailed very fast into our system and, while scientists turned back and forth if it was an asteroid or a comet, there was no evidence to support an explanation involving the aliens. New paper does not change this, but it tries to explain how a spacecraft's propulsion system, known as a lightning, could be responsible for accelerating the object.
A warning lamp is like a boat on a boat, just in space. A warning light would be attached to another object and, as it is hit by the material flowing from a star, it increases speed without using fuel. No one has built or tested yet another warning lamp, but this did not prevent researchers from suggesting it could be a plausible explanation for Oumuamua's growing speed, which left the solar system.
This suggestion, and the implication that an extraterrestrial civilization could have used the object to monitor our system or even study the Earth almost, has defeated many.
"The thing you need to understand is: scientists are very happy to publish an extravagant idea if it has even the slightest source of the chance not to be wrong," observed astrophysicist Katie Mack a thread on Twitter. "Some of us are more conservative, of course, and certainly vary depending on the field. But in my area (astrophysics / cosmology), there is generally no disadvantage to publishing something that is (a) in some way interesting and (b) it is not completely excluded, whether or not the "right answer"
He is not alone, and other scientists have weighed doubts about the theory. Simply put, there is no real gun that shouts "aliens!" But there is not much to prove it is not. The result is a theory that sounds revolutionary and incredible, but it is almost certainly a dream.