Twitter gives its two cents on ‘Oumuamua


Artist's impression of 'Oumuamua

The very first recorded interstellar object — an object which is not bound to any star’s gravity — was spotted by Robert Weryk in Hawai’i in October, and ever since we’ve been captivated by the possibilities of what ‘Oumuamua is. No doubt the most popular theory has been that it’s some kind of alien spaceship.

So far, however, the analyses made by astronomers with the Breakthrough Listen initiative have turned up zero evidence of extraterrestrial life. It has found that the asteroid is covered in some kind of carbonaceous crust, and that it could be covering an icy core. Slow down, “ice” isn’t just water when it comes to space. Ice can be dust too.

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‘Oumuamua’s trajectory

Interestingly though, scientists found that the building blocks of life could actually emerge in the vacuum of space, particularly when icy films are exposed to cosmic rays and other radiation, which sparks chemical reactions, the precursor to biological life.

With information like this, it’s hard not to let your mind wander. Due to the possible icy core as well as the unique, tubular shape of the asteroid, many enthused readers have turned into that guy from the History Channel.

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I don’t even blame them. I want it to be aliens too (so long as they’re not dicks). And that’s why I love reading all the theories and commentaries on the cigar-shaped mystery. Here are some of the highlights.

One twitter user mentioned the main problem — aliens just aren’t interested in us:

 

Wishful thinking:

 

Star Trek did it first:

 

Another Twitter user decided to combine the most recent astronomical sightings into a big crossover event of alien invasions:

 

Other users took a more sciency approach to the comet:

 

If you say so, Nick:

 

“Oh look! There’s sentient life there––wait a minute, that’s not right. That’s not right at all. Quick! Fly you fools!”:

 

 

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Hasan MZI

Hasan is a medical student at University College London. He's an aspiring surgeon who loves Arsenal, and he skips leg day at the gym. No abuse please, his mum is protective.

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