Why a Harvard professor thinks he may have found fragments of an alien spacecraft

Why a Harvard professor thinks he may have found fragments of an alien spacecraft

Are aliens visiting Earth? Harvard professor finds UFO debris in Pacific Ocean

The question of whether we are alone in the universe has fascinated humanity for centuries. But what if the answer is right under our noses, or rather, under the waves of the Pacific Ocean?

That is the intriguing possibility raised by a recent expedition led by Harvard Professor Avi Loeb, who claims to have recovered microscopic remnants of what he believes are parts of an unidentified flying object (UFO) that crashed into the ocean about a decade ago.

The mysterious meteor

The object in question is known as IM1, a meteor that was detected by the US Space Command in 2014 as it entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of about 60 km/s and exploded over the South Pacific near Papua New Guinea. The US government classified the data on the meteor due to national security concerns, but Loeb obtained some of the information through a Freedom of Information Act request. He was stunned by what he found.

According to Loeb, the data showed that IM1 had a very high probability (99.999%) of being an interstellar visitor, meaning that it came from outside our solar system². This would make it the first known interstellar meteor, following the discovery of two interstellar objects, 'Oumuamua in 2017 and Borisov in 2019, that did not hit the Earth.

But what made IM1 even more remarkable was its apparent material strength. Loeb calculated that IM1 had to be at least 100 times stronger than ordinary meteors to survive the atmospheric entry and explosion without disintegrating completely². This suggested to him that IM1 could be either a natural object with an unprecedented composition, or an artificial object made by an advanced alien civilization.

The daring search

Loeb, who is the former chair of Harvard's astronomy department and the current leader of the Galileo Project, which aims to search for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence, decided to embark on a daring mission to find and analyze the debris of IM1. He raised $1.5 million from private donors and hired a team of deep-sea explorers to scour the ocean floor along the probable path of the meteor³.

Using a magnetic sled that was dropped from a vessel called Silver Star 2 km below the surface, Loeb and his team were able to recover 50 tiny metallic spheres, each about half a millimeter in diameter⁴. Loeb believes that these spherules are fragments of IM1 that melted and solidified during the explosion.

The alien hypothesis

Loeb is now planning to take the spherules back to Harvard for further testing to determine their exact composition and origin. He told The Independent that his initial analysis found a mix of materials that was "anomalous" compared to human-made metals or asteroids. He suspects that the spherules are made of a steel-titanium alloy that is much stronger than iron, which is the main component of most meteors.

If confirmed, this would support Loeb's hypothesis that IM1 was either an interstellar object with a unique natural origin, or an extraterrestrial technology that was sent by an alien civilization to explore our solar system. Loeb said that he will publish his full findings in a peer-reviewed journal after completing his research.

Loeb is no stranger to controversy. He has been widely criticized by his peers for his bold claim that 'Oumuamua, the first interstellar object ever detected, was actually a piece of alien spacecraft. He has also been vocal about the need for more scientific investigation into the recent reports of UFO sightings by military personnel and civilians.

Loeb argues that his critics are "arrogant" to dismiss his ideas without evidence, and that he is following the scientific method of making testable predictions and observations. He also says that he is motivated by curiosity and humility, and that he is open to being proven wrong if new data emerges.

The implications

If Loeb's findings turn out to be true, they would have profound implications for our understanding of our place in the cosmos. They would suggest that we are not alone, and that there are other civilizations out there that are capable of creating and sending sophisticated technologies across interstellar distances. They would also challenge us to rethink our assumptions about what life and intelligence can look like in different environments.

Of course, there are many uncertainties and questions that remain unanswered. How did IM1 get here? What was its purpose? Where did it come from? Who made it? And are they still watching us?

Loeb admits that he does not have all the answers, but he hopes that his work will inspire more people to join him in his quest for finding them. He believes that the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is not only a scientific endeavor, but also a philosophical and moral one, that can help us appreciate the value and diversity of life in the universe.


(1) Are aliens visiting Earth? Harvard professor finds UFO debris in Pacific Ocean. https://www.wionews.com/science/are-aliens-visiting-earth-harvard-professor-finds-ufo-debris-in-pacific-ocean-610846.
(2) Strange objects on ocean floor may be UFO crash debris: Harvard professor. https://www.foxnews.com/us/strange-objects-ocean-floor-may-be-ufo-crash-debris-harvard-professor.
(3) 'UFO' debris pulled from Pacific Ocean floor 'may be proof Aliens visited Earth'. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/ufo-debris-pulled-pacific-ocean-30346617.
(5) Harvard professor ‘found fragments of alien spacecraft’ at the bottom .... https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/avi-loeb-harvard-interstellar-object-b2368452.html.
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