So this is pretty extraordinary. Oumuamua, our interstellar friend from Oct/Nov, is indeed so peculiar an object that astronomers are forced to seriously look into the “alien spacecraft” possibility now.
Astronomers are to use one of the world’s largest telescopes to check a mysterious object that is speeding through the solar system for signs of alien technology.
The Green Bank telescope in West Virginia will listen for radio signals being broadcast from a cigar-shaped body which was first spotted in the solar system in October. The body arrived from interstellar space and reached a peak speed of 196,000 mph as it swept past the sun.
Scientists on the Breakthrough Listen project, which searches for evidence of alien civilisations, said the Green Bank telescope would monitor the object, named ‘Oumuamua, from Wednesday. The first phase of observations is expected to last 10 hours and will tune in to four different radio transmission bands.
“Most likely it is of natural origin, but because it is so peculiar, we would like to check if it has any sign of artificial origin, such as radio emissions,” said Avi Loeb, professor of astronomy at Harvard University and an adviser to the Breakthrough Listen project. “If we do detect a signal that appears artificial in origin, we’ll know immediately.” […]
In “Rendezvous With Destiny” (posted November 22) I too uncharacteristically suggested the potential involvement of “aliens”:
The timing, the Knowing/Rama echoes… The uncanny pattern suggests there might be some kind of intelligence behind this anomalous object, be it literal “aliens” or a more ethereal “cosmic intelligence” (i.e. Universe communicating via synchronicity/metaphors).
Behind the scenes we’ve already made some progress in decoding the potential message/warning of the “Messenger” that is Oumuamua. Ready for 2018?