A mysterious object in our solar system could be an alien mothership sending smaller probes to monitor the Earth, according to a new draft report co-authored by the head of the Pentagon’s UFO research office.
Sean Kirkpatrick, director of the Pentagon’s new All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, put forward the theory in a recently released, but still-unfinalized paper he wrote with a long-serving head of Harvard University’s astronomy department, Abraham Loeb.
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The paper explores the idea that extraterrestrial life is already visiting us in the form of ʻOumuamua, which in 2017 became the first interstellar object discovered traveling through our solar system. The authors say ʻOumuamua’s “extreme flat shape” and lack of a comet-like tail raise “the possibility that it was thin and artificial in origin.”
The authors suggest that IM2, an interstellar meteor that hit the Earth in 2017 ahead of ʻOumuamua’s closest approach, may have been a “dandelion seed”-style probe released by the object in a move that would be “not too dissimilar from NASA missions.”
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“With proper design, these tiny probes would reach the Earth or other Solar system planets for exploration,” the paper says. “Astronomers would not be able to notice the spray of mini-probes because they do not reflect enough sunlight for existing survey telescopes to notice them.”
The paper says parachute-like probes could “slow down in the Earth’s atmosphere to avoid burnup and then pursue their objectives wherever they land.”
The authors suggest the “overarching purpose of the journey” would likely be “scientific and exploratory in nature” because they concluded the probes would need to have been “launched in the far distant past,” before observing humans would have been a consideration.
The paper notes that Harvard’s alien-seeking Galileo Project, which Abraham leads, is hoping to recover a 2014 interstellar meteor from the Pacific Ocean floor “in the coming year.” Researchers will determine “whether its extraordinary material strength resulted from it being made out of an artificial alloy, like stainless steel or materials not yet developed by humans.”