OUMUAMUA, the mysterious object which become the first object ever spotted in our solar system to have originated from outside it, is a spaceship from another world equipped with solar sail, a Harvard scientist has concluded.
“What we have, then, is a thin, flat, shiny object. So I arrived at the idea of a solar sail: A solar sail is a spaceship that uses the sun for propulsion.
“Instead of using fuel, it is propelled ahead by reflecting light. In fact, it’s a technology that our civilisation is developing at this very time.”
Indeed, in 2016, Dr Loeb, physicist Yuri Milner, Prof. Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg and others launched Breakthrough Starshot, an initiative to accelerate solar sails to one-fifth the speed of light in order to explore the nearby solar system of Alpha Centauri, which is four light-years away.
Dr Loeb said: ““The first question we asked is whether a sail like Oumuamua could survive billions of years in the Milky Way – and we discovered that it could. Being hit by interstellar dust or gas won’t wear it down.
“Afterward, we tried to calculate the acceleration a solar sail would cause in an object such as a ship or probe, and we found that the acceleration is consistent with that of Oumuamua."