And if mishandled Cossack? Astronomers have decided to check up on the artificial nature of the asteroid
Most recently, in October, our solar system for the first time visited the interstellar space object. The body, called Oumuamua (that Hawaiian means "messenger"), attracted the attention of astronomers and space enthusiasts around the world. So much so, that there was even a suggestion that this object can be interstellar space probe sent by the intelligent and a very advanced civilization.
The debate in the scientific community have attracted even the Russian billionaire Yuri Milner standing for scientific initiative Breakthrough Listen, intrigued such probability. Therefore, shortly after meeting with head of the department of astronomy at Harvard Avi Loeb Initiative research group Breakthrough Listen announced that it intends to follow-for Oumuamua and check to see whether it transmits that some subtle signals that would clearly indicate that it is not just a another space cobblestones.
In correspondence with Milner Loeb said:
"The more I study this subject, the more unusual it begins to seem to me into thinking about how, not whether it is artificial and not whether he is a kind of any probe sent by an extraterrestrial civilization."
Outside observers have noted that Loeb suspicions to some extent really justified. The object was first discovered by telescope Pan-STARRS, located on the island of Hawaii, and immediately demonstrated some very unusual for a simple asteroid or comet properties. To tell the truth, scientists first thought Oumuamua is just a comet, but since he did not have a coma - the cloud of dust and gas, usually surrounding the comet's nucleus, as well as the tail - that this assumption was soon abandoned. shape of the object was very unusual, too. He strongly extended and has a small width, while the majority of the previously observed asteroid we had a much more circular shape. Of course, this feature does not exclude the fact that the object is an asteroid (especially given the fact that he is not exactly a comet, since it has no tail), but nevertheless it creates some additional questions.
Group Breakthrough Listen starts monitoring of the object using the Green Bank radio telescope in this Wednesday, December 13th. Hoping to find and intercept a radio signal transmitted by the object, the telescope would monitor him for ten hours, in the range of four radio frequencies. Of course, scientists are increasingly convinced that Oumuamua is naturally formed the subject, but science, as a rule, does not cast a different assumptions until proven otherwise.