Was Oumuamua Built And Launched By Aliens?

Submitted by: gohikineko 4 days ago in Science

That weird rock from outer space that flew past us last year may have been an alien probe.

Remember Oumuamua? Of course you do!

It was a hunk of rock from another star system, the first we've ever seen. And it was weird, long and skinny, unlike anything in our solar system.

Well? It just got weirder.

Some tall foreheads from Harvard think it might be an anal alien probe! It moves at speeds they cannot account for, and accelerated more than gravity could account for when it sped past us. Also they cannot trace it back to any particular star system, so it just might be artificial. That means aliens!

Read all about it here.

They think it may have used, or is still using, light-sails. Usually found in Sci-Fi stories, it is a very real and valid form of propulsion. But slow, and kind of useless when too far away from a star.
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Male 7,381
It is a dead Species  8462 Planet Killer
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Male 1,636
thezigrat It was a PU-36 Space Modulator, obviously!



Um, you missed, Doc!

(http://www.vtcoa.com/forums/attachments/f52/49903d1356110966-12-21-12-what-happened-mayans.jpg)
In case people cannot see the image :-)
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Male 2,737
"cannot trace it back to any particular star system, so it just might be artificial" Well maybe because it can't be traced, that seams to me that means it's not alien and just a piece of space junk, if it was "man made" you should be able to trace it back. 
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Male 1,636
casaledana if it had constant velocity (like a natural object) it should (in theory) be traceable to a specific star system. That it cannot might (in theory) mean it had some method of propulsion and that would = aliens!

It could be a lot older than we imagine, or have passed something that altered it's trajectory that we cannot see (dark matter for example), or 100 other possible things. But it is mysterious! :-) Even if it is 'space junk' lolz!
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Female 6,567
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Male 1,636
melcervini Did you hide your daughters too? :-)
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Male 2,334
And?
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Male 1,910
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. 

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
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Male 265
semichisam01 that was fun to read shortly after having seen an article on a potential new particle that would undo both the standard model and everything else we've thought of this far.
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Female 8,513
No, is the short answer
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Male 4,422
madduck Ahhh, but it's a fun thought experiment!
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Male 13,153
And here's another 'story' by 'scientists' about their 'faith'.  
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Male 1,910
monkwarrior "And here's another 'story' by 'scientists' about their 'faith'."
I can't believe that you seriously consider "so it just might be artificial" as an article of faith. As LordJim points out below, it isn't intended to be the end of an investigation, but the beginning. It's a hypothesis. The wilder a hypothesis is, the easier it is to disprove it, to show that it is wrong. In science, when something is disproven, knowledge is increased. 
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Male 13,153
semichisam01 There's a lot of imagination about this rock, i'll admit.  i mean it would be cool to let your imagination run wild, how about a hypothesus.  say it was a star cruiser that had been jumping through light speed for 1000's of years.  A star Cruiser seemingly lost in a test by an alien species.  Its light drives finally gave out and it hurtled through space for several hundred years, and then flew close by earth.

Here's another hypothesis.  That ship was actually an MC80 Home One type.  On that ship, there was a single occupant frozen in carbonate.  When emergency generators turned on, it unfroze the occupant.  Inside was a boy who, after the carbonation sickness passed, seemed to have great intelligence on how to pilot the x-wing fighter that remained in the emergency hanger with them.  He piloted the ship out of the Cruiser, scanned the computer, set a course, and hyperspaced to Earth.  This was about 69 years ago.

The occupant arrived at earth and took a boy's life, He became skilled at filmography, because he had a story he had to tell.  Then one day when he finally got the opportunity to warn us with his story.  He told of his story in the movies, about the history of his people, and danger of the dark side.  Can you guess who it might be?
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Male 1,636
monkwarrior No, it's a hunk of rock. It just looks like does things like no hunk of rock we've ever seen before... That makes it very interesting, and the possibility it may be non-natural is still on the table.

No, your story makes no sense... 1947? Movies? Star Wars? Logical fallacy = absurdum.
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Male 13,153
gohikineko it's the star wars movies
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Male 1,636
monkwarrior (I know, I'm just pointing out how (silly) you are being about this)
(it's right there in my comment)
(edited out the nastiness, sorry about that)
(It really is silly though :p)
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Male 9,134
monkwarrior Please bear in mind that some of us are adults and have no idea what you are talking about.
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Male 9,134
monkwarrior Bowie. It was Bowie, wasn't it?
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Female 8,513
LordJim i'm still not over it- shh...
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Male 1,910
LordJim I was an adult for a long time. I feel that I've paid my dues. He's talking about George Lucas. Of course it's crazy, but is it crazy enough?
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Male 9,134
semichisam01 Oh. I have genuinely never sat through one of those movies. I have been in rooms when it was on the telly but didn't engage. I feel about it like this;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg-pnGFbwMQ
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Male 9,134
monkwarrior It is true that when science discovers something it does not understand it makes up a story, several stories. And then methodically and systematically picks them apart, finds the flaws. Comes up with a better story and starts again. That's how science works.

Religion makes up a story and sticks with it. And if you don't like it they'll kill you.
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Male 13,153
LordJim True religion tells that God created us, loves us, and commands us to love one another.  Love solves the ailments we face, breaks down the barriers of divisions, and helps us to become stronger. Love is the key the way forward for humankind, and that's a truth almost everyone should be pretty clear on by now, because it's true.

Without love we become divided, which is why we have such divisions among science these days as we are all aware of.  Love helps us find the common ground to settle on to dispel disputes, so we can move forward in harmony on the truth.

So, you can see that without love religion teaches, science becomes lame.
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Male 9,134
monkwarrior If scientist A puts forward proposition X and scientist B puts forward proposition Y and they contradict each other, love will not be a factor in finding the truth. 
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Male 1,636
LordJim What if they fall in love, get married and make little baby proposition Z? I think love DOES play a factor!!
(lolz, j/k eh?)
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Male 9,134
monkwarrior Love is a wonderful thing, but I'm not sure how it helps when calculating trajectories, or analyzing DNA, or, well, anything scientific really.
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Male 13,153
LordJim what about global warming, or abortion?  
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Male 9,134
monkwarrior Love won't help you calculate climate change. The facts don't care how you feel about them. Abortion? You mean as an ethical issue? That isn't a science question. Science can tell you how to do it, not if you should. That's up to each of us.
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Male 13,153
LordJim and therein lies the problem, science without religion is lame.  Both compliment each other.  In this case science will just waste time.  eg: whose science on global warming do you believe, for or against it? (hypothetical)
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Male 1,636
monkwarrior Science without faith is lame. It does not need religion though. Faith, philosophy and other useful things yes. Religion has no place in science, it's a human frailty. 
AGW is entirely based on religion: the cult of money, the worship of socialism. & etc. Also Hubris, big time!!
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Male 9,134
monkwarrior That was gibberish. Goodnight.
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Male 45,208
Silly.  If they can't trace it back on it's trajectory, then it must have changed trajectories... a collision with some other rock perhaps?

I believe there are other planets with life. I just don't see why they'd bother 
visiting this Shit Hole planet.
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Male 1,636
Gerry1of1 Dark matter? It is the biggest mass in the Universe but we have no idea what or where it is. Maybe this rock has something to do with that? Either its composition or its trajectory.

Sending a probe isn't like visiting, lolz! It's more like checking out what the neighbors are up to...
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Male 1,910
Gerry1of1 "I just don't see why they'd bother visiting this Shit Hole planet."
Well, they didn't stop, did they?
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Male 7,120
Perhaps unlikely but seems plausible..

It certainly doesn't look like most things we see floating around in space.
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You can "technically" say it was built by aliens.
Galactus is the Devourer of Worlds so sooner or later he's going to have to drop a deuce.
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Male 9,197
Great and weird story. Two interesting factoids: (1) This is the first object known to have flown by us from outside our solar system; and (2) Scientists think one possible explanation for the object's acceleration was outgassing; but no outgassing was seen.

Hmmm.

Great post, Gohiki. Thanks.
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Male 1,636
squrlz4ever yw, I love sciencey-stuff eh? The stranger the better :-)

It truly was an amazing piece of rock, this might also be explained by it being much denser than we imagine? But that would take a lot of density to make a measurable difference in gravitational acceleration. 
Invisible outgassing is possible? But again highly unusual, it would take a lot of gas and that usually leaves a trail behind it.
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