Scientists are such meanies sometimes.

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Scientists are such meanies sometimes.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:23 pm

Scientists push back against Harvard 'alien spacecraft' theory
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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.

The researchers noted in a pre-print of the article that it was an "exotic scenario," but that "Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization."

Oumuamua, the first interstellar object known to enter our solar system, 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 helped push it through space.

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Post by Gord » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:28 pm

The other co-author, Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard's astronomy department, told NBC News humanity may never know more about the mysterious object, since it has traveled far away and isn't heading back.

"It is impossible to guess the purpose behind Oumuamua without more data," Loeb was quoted as saying.
It "isn't heading back". So why would aliens want it to be propelled out of our system at an increased speed? It's not returning from whence it came, so why accelerate it? Wouldn't they want it to slow down so they can get more data?

This seems silly.
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Post by landrew » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:43 pm

Gord wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:28 pm
The other co-author, Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard's astronomy department, told NBC News humanity may never know more about the mysterious object, since it has traveled far away and isn't heading back.

"It is impossible to guess the purpose behind Oumuamua without more data," Loeb was quoted as saying.
It "isn't heading back". So why would aliens want it to be propelled out of our system at an increased speed? It's not returning from whence it came, so why accelerate it? Wouldn't they want it to slow down so they can get more data?

This seems silly.
We'd probably have more data if SETI had diversified it's research towards things like observing space bodies, instead of their single-minded pursuit of broadcast radio waves, which are already being phased out by our civilization.
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Post by Gord » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:18 pm

landrew wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:43 pm
Gord wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:28 pm
The other co-author, Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard's astronomy department, told NBC News humanity may never know more about the mysterious object, since it has traveled far away and isn't heading back.

"It is impossible to guess the purpose behind Oumuamua without more data," Loeb was quoted as saying.
It "isn't heading back". So why would aliens want it to be propelled out of our system at an increased speed? It's not returning from whence it came, so why accelerate it? Wouldn't they want it to slow down so they can get more data?

This seems silly.
We'd probably have more data if SETI had diversified it's research towards things like observing space bodies, instead of their single-minded pursuit of broadcast radio waves, which are already being phased out by our civilization.
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Or if Starbucks had been searching for transient interstellar objects rather than selling coffee.
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Post by gorgeous » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:12 pm

they had theories...which is what they are supposed to do...
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Post by Lance Kennedy » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:23 am

Not a theory, Gorgeous, but a hypothesis. Theory has a different meaning in science.

Even as a hypothesis, it is wrong. Hypotheses are useless unless testable. How are they testing this one ?

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Post by TJrandom » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:49 am

Lance Kennedy wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:23 am
Not a theory, Gorgeous, but a hypothesis. Theory has a different meaning in science.

Even as a hypothesis, it is wrong. Hypotheses are useless unless testable. How are they testing this one ?
I think theirs was a WAG... ;)