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Parker Solar Probe singed but safe after historic close encounter with the Sun

Gizmag - Thu 8 Nov 18

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has reported back alive and well after passing closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history. At 4:46 pm EST on November 7, 2018, mission control at the Johns ...

Alien Space Rock 'Oumuamua Just Keeps Getting Weirder

Discover Magazine - Thu 8 Nov 18

On October 19, 2017, astronomers first saw an object from another solar system traveling through our own. Zipping into our solar system from above, the interloper, now known as 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua), ...

Scientists push back against Harvard 'alien spacecraft' theory

Phys.org - Wed 7 Nov 18

A scientific paper led by two researchers at Harvard University made a splash this week by claiming that a cigar-shaped rock zooming through our solar system may have been sent by aliens.

Scientists push back against Harvard 'alien spacecraft' theory, SpaceDaily - Wed 7 Nov 18

Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua is Probably Not an Alien Solar Sail

Discover Magazine - Tue 6 Nov 18

‘Oumuamua — a curious, cigar-shaped rock — was the first interstellar space rock ever discovered in our solar system, though scientists debate whether it should be classified as an asteroid ...

Interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua is probably not an alien solar sail, Astronomy.com - Tue 6 Nov 18

Here’s the Truth About the Bizarre ‘Alien Spacecraft’ That Buzzed Our Solar System

TIME - Tue 6 Nov 18

It's probably not aliens — but it could be

Could 'Oumuamua be an extraterrestrial solar sail?

Phys.org - Thu 1 Nov 18

On October 19th, 2017, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System-1 (Pan-STARRS-1) in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar asteroid, named 1I/2017 U1 (aka, ...

Scientist who discovered giant insterstellar comet 'Oumuamua hits back at 'alien spacecraft' theory

Daily Mail - Mon 12 Nov 18

Robert Weryk discovered the strange interstellar object in 2017 at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, and says the Harvard theory of 'a bit of wild speculation'.

Mysterious interstellar object is not an alien probe, says astronomer who discovered it

FOXNews - Mon 12 Nov 18

The idea that Oumuamua, the first interstellar object ever spotted in our solar system, is "a lightsail of artificial origin" sent from another civilization, is preposterous and just "wild speculation," ...

Is Oumuamua an asteroid? An explanation weirder than aliens - CNET

CNET Cutting Edge - Wed 7 Nov 18

Harvard researchers grabbed headlines with the notion that the famed interstellar object may have been an alien spaceship, but here are the other top theories.

Astronomers believe an unusual object that entered the solar system might be an alien probe

Daily Mail - Wed 7 Nov 18

In a new scientific paper, Shmuel Bialy and Abraham Loeb of Harvard University in the US will say cigar-shaped ‘Oumuamua’ could be a spaceship.

Scientists push back against Harvard 'alien spacecraft'...

Daily Mail - Wed 7 Nov 18

Katie Mack, a well-known astrophysicist at North Carolina State, tweeted 'scientists are perfectly happy to publish an outlandish idea if it has even the tiniest sliver of a chance of not being ...

’Oumuamua is not the alien probe you’re looking for

Popular Science - Tue 6 Nov 18

Space Despite what Harvard scientists say. Three things are certain in this world: death, taxes, and people going bananas over aliens.

Harvard Researchers: ‘Oumuamua Could Be an Alien Probe After All

Extremetech - Tue 6 Nov 18

The classification flipped back and forth a few times before eventually landing on "comet," but it's a weird comet. Now, researchers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have ...

Why we shouldn’t cry ‘aliens’ about that interstellar space rock just yet

The Verge - Tue 6 Nov 18

The head of Harvard’s department of astronomy thinks that there’s a possibility that a strange object that visited our Solar System from interstellar space may be an alien probe ...

Harvard Scientists Say Aliens May Explain Bizarre Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua (But Probably Not)

Livescience - Tue 6 Nov 18

Does oddball space object 'Oumuamua's weird acceleration hint at alien origins?

Wild Idea: What If Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Is an Alien Light Sail?

SPACE.com - Tue 6 Nov 18

The odd interstellar object that zoomed through the inner solar system last October might be an alien reconnaissance spacecraft, a new study suggests.

Could Life Hitch a Ride on Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua?

SPACE.com - Tue 6 Nov 18

The first known interstellar visitor to the solar system, 'Oumuamua, highlights how life could also spread between the stars, and perhaps even across the galaxy, two new studies find.

Predictably, online media go nuts over ‘Oumuamua and Harvard scientists

Ars Technica - Tue 6 Nov 18

"Scientists are perfectly happy to publish an outlandish idea."

Harvard scientists: strange asteroid could be a 'probe' from an 'alien civilisation' - CNET

CNET Cutting Edge - Tue 6 Nov 18

They go on to wonder if 'Oumuamua could have been "sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization".

Mysterious interstellar object could be 'lightsail' sent from another civilization

FOXNews - Mon 5 Nov 18

NASA may have ruled that Oumuamua, the first interstellar object ever spotted in our system is a "metallic or rocky object" approximately 400 meters in length and 40 meters wide, but a new study ...

Interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua' could be a giant solar sail sent from another civilization

Daily Mail - Fri 2 Nov 18

Astronomers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics concluded that the strange asteroid 'might be a lightsail of artificial origin.'

What do we know about 'Oumuamua?

Astronomy.com - Thu 8 Nov 18

If our solar system's first confirmed alien visitor is a comet, it’s a seriously weird one.

Was Oumuamua A Solar Sail From An Alien Civilization That Flew Past Earth Last Year? Entertaining But Implausible Suggestion

Science 2.0 - Tue 6 Nov 18

Short summary: it's an entertaining but rather far fetched proposal in an arxiv preprint not published anywhere but mentioned in a Scientific American op ed. Implausible for many reasons including ...

Harvard researchers say “Oumuamua” could be an alien probe sent to spy on us

Fastcompany Tech - Tue 6 Nov 18

The mysterious space object sped up as it passed our sun. The mysterious space object has fascinated scientists ever since it was observed traveling past the sun last year. Nicknamed “Oumuamua,” ...

Oumuamua and the Alien Hypothesis

NeuroLogica - Mon 5 Nov 18

One year ago, in October 2017, astronomers detected the first confirmed interstellar visitor to our solar system – an asteroid dubbed Oumuamua. The name is Hawaiian for “scout”, ...

Fact check: Is Oumuamua, a cigar-shaped rock that entered solar system, an alien spacecraft?

The Hindu - Thu 8 Nov 18

Oumuamua accelerated faster away from the sun than expected, hence the notion that some kind of artificial sail that runs on sunlight — known as a light sail — may have ...