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Harvard astrophysicist recovers mysterious meteor pieces from ocean floor, ponders extraterrestrial alien origins

ByPaurush Omar
Jul 09, 2023 10:41 PM IST

Harvard researchers have discovered fragments of a meteor that crashed into the Earth's ocean in 2014 sparking a new debate about extraterrestrial possibilities

Astrophysicist Avi Loeb and his team from Harvard University have made an intriguing discovery - fragments of a meteor that crashed into the Earth's ocean floor near Papua New Guinea in 2014. These fragments, unlike anything seen before, have sparked a debate: are they natural or of extraterrestrial origin?

Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb and his team made an intriguing discovery about a meteor that crashed into the Earth's ocean floor near Papua New Guinea in 2014.(Pexels)
Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb and his team made an intriguing discovery about a meteor that crashed into the Earth's ocean floor near Papua New Guinea in 2014.(Pexels)

Extraterrestrial Possibilities

Upon recovering 50 fragments from the meteor, the team found that their composition and material strength were unlike any known alloys in our solar system. This raised the question of whether the meteor could be a technological gadget created by an advanced alien civilization. Loeb remains hopeful that a larger piece can be found, which would provide more insight into its nature.

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An Ambitious Expedition

The expedition to recover the fragments was no small feat. The estimated $1.5 million operation involved locating and extracting the meteor pieces from the ocean floor, which lay approximately one mile below the sea level. The team employed a magnetic sled attached to a ship to search for and collect the fragments, overcoming the logistical challenges of such a deep-sea retrieval.

Seeds of Life and Extraterrestrial Civilizations

The significance of this interstellar visitor goes beyond its unique composition. Researchers Avi Loeb and Amir Siraj suggest that the frequency of objects from interstellar space reaching Earth may indicate that the seeds of life on our planet originated from another star system. Loeb's own belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life, as well as the possibility of past technological civilizations predating our own, adds to the fascination surrounding these findings.

Ongoing Search for Alien Life

The question of whether life exists beyond Earth continues to captivate both the public and experts alike. While some experts, including astrobiologists Jonti Horner and Steven Tingay, believe in the existence of aliens, others, like Martin Van-Kranendonk, remain skeptical. NASA astrobiologist Lindsay Hays acknowledges the vastness of the universe and the limited extent of human exploration, highlighting the need to continue searching for answers.

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While the debate continues, the recovered fragments from this meteor present an intriguing mystery. Whether they hold the key to understanding the existence of extraterrestrial life or offer new insights into the complexities of natural celestial phenomena, they serve as a reminder of the vastness of the cosmos and the countless wonders it holds.

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