Oumuamua is a Hawaiian term that means ‘a messenger from afar arriving fast.’ But Oumuamua is also the name that is given to the cigar-shaped asteroid that passed by Earth a month ago. An astronomer by the name of Jason Wright believes that this object could have been sent by an alien civilization. He said that the movement of the object is indicative of a spacecraft whose engines have failed. This astronomer believes that Oumuamua is an alien probe that has somehow lost its engines along the way.
Stephen Hawking once said that a ‘cigar or needle shape’ would be needed in order to traverse long distance space travel.
Oumuamua is moving in such a unique way that it does not mimic the typical movements of an asteroid or a comet.
Oumuamua is approximately a quarter of a mile long and 260 feet wide. It is expected to be traveling at more than 196,000 miles per hour. It was first detected on October 19 by a research program known as Pan-STARRS.
Pan-STARSS is known for their use of incredibly powerful telescopes which can photograph and monitor the entire night sky. It is located at the University of Hawaii.
Its weird movement is marked by a tumbling motion. Because of this specific motion, Dr. Jason Wright from Penn State University suggests that it is a broken alien probe that has lost its engines.
In his blog, he wrote: ‘such derelict craft would, if they are not traveling so fast that they escape the Galaxy, eventually ‘thermalize’ with the stars and end up drifting around like any other interstellar comet or asteroid.’