Remember ‘Oumuamua? The reticent cigar-shaped asteroid discovered by Hawaiian scientists that’s now rumored to be a flying saucer?
As of recent, many have been questioning whether or not ‘Oumuamua is really an asteroid. The real question is: Where is it now?
Astronomers in the outback region of Western Australia used the Murchison Widefield Array telescope to eavesdrop on the Solar System’s newly-discovered visitor.
According to a new study, no cigar was ever discovered.
‘We found no such signals with the non-terrestrial origins,’ the researcher wrote in a research paper.
The researchers learned about the mysterious, incardinated (Astronomers recently discovered that Oumuamua is of a red colour) space rock last year, when it was spotted by the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii on 19 October, 2017.
Scientists named this asteroid ‘Oumuamua—Hawaiian for ‘a messenger from afar, arriving first.’
Moreover, Associate Administrator Thomas Zurburchen for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the Agency’s HQ in Washington, D.C., stated at the time that ‘the name highlights Oumuamua’s unique background;’ and it’s ‘the first direct evidence of an object that originated in another star system that has passed through our own solar system.’
‘Oumuamua’s mercurial, yet peculiar cigar-like shape and unusual orbital characteristics prompted some to wonder whether or not it was an interstellar spacecraft—perhaps those used by extraterrestrials—according to a recent study. The researchers decided to examine the data signals that might indicate the presence of intelligent life associated with ‘Oumuamua.
In order to perceive further information, the astronomers turned to the Murchison Widefield Array, a telescope located in Western Australia’s remote Murchison region, distant from the buzz of Human Activity and Radio Interference. They observed data produced by the Murchison Widefield Array during November, December as well as early January, when ‘Oumuamua was still at its peak, between fifty-nine-million and three-hundred- and sixty-six-million miles (which is ninety-five-million and five-hundred- and thirty-nine million in kilometres) from our planet Earth.
In particular, the astronomers checked for radio transmissions coming from the roughly quarter-mile-long (four-hundred-metres) asteroid—which is ‘Oumuamua—between the frequencies of seventy-two and one-hundred- and two megahertz, a range that is similar to the frequencies used in FM Radio Broadcasts.
Back to the researchers:
‘These transmitter powers are well within the capabilities of human technologies, and are therefore plausible for alien civilizations.’
Furthermore, the results added more evidence that, unfortunately, ‘Oumuamua is not a complex alien ship—yet if it is, it’s not talking on those frequencies. Rather, it’s most likely that the fragment of a comet that lost much of its surface water after being bombarded by cosmic rays on its lengthy trek through interstellar space. If advanced civilizations do exist elsewhere in our galaxy, we can speculate that they might develop the capability to launch [a] spacecraft over interstellar distances and that these spacecrafts may use radio waves to communicate.’ Lead researcher of the study Steven Tingay, deputy executive director at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Australia, said in a statement.
According to a Queen’s University Belfast scientist, ‘Oumuamua actually had a violent past before coming across our solar system—something unlikely for a normal comet or asteroid.