A Harvard professor thinks that he may have discovered evidence of alien life in the Pacific Ocean.
Professor Avi Loeb recently concluded a $1.5 million expedition searching for indications of an enigmatic meteor called IM1. This meteor crashed near the Papua New Guinea coastline in 2014 and is speculated to originate from interstellar space.
During that expedition, Harvard’s Professor Loeb, who is no stranger to controversies regarding his views on extraterrestrial life, found evidence of what he thinks may have been a part of an alien spacecraft, or at the very least, something of extraterrestrial origin.
Expedition to find the IM1 interstellar meteor
The IM1 meteor caught Professor Loeb and his research team’s attention in 2019 when they were browsing through NASA’s open catalog of meteors. IM1 captured attention due to its remarkable velocity, surpassing that of 95 percent of nearby stars Additionally, it detonated at a significantly lower altitude in the Earth’s atmosphere compared to the majority of meteors.
“The object was tougher than all (272) other space rocks recorded in the same NASA catalogue, it was an outlier of material strength,” Prof Loeb said during an interview with The Independent.
On board the expedition vessel Silver Star, Professor Loeb’s team of scientists embarked on June 14th towards the projected landing area of the meteor, situated approximately 84 kilometers north of Manus Island in the Pacific Ocean.
Has a Harvard professor just found evidence of an alien life?
Once there, a team of deep-sea explorers utilized a magnetic sled deployed from the expedition vessel, Silver Star, to retrieve 50 minuscule spherules (molten droplets) from a depth of 2 kilometers beneath the Pacific Ocean’s surface.
Spherules are generated during the explosive disintegration of meteors and asteroids and have been discovered at various impact locations worldwide. Described as “tiny metallic pearls,” these spherules were so diminutive that they posed challenges in retrieval even with tweezers, according to Professor Loeb.
Upon analysis using fluorescent X-Ray, the research team concluded that the spherules were highly likely to be composed of a steel and titanium alloy known as S5, or shock-resisting steel. Professor Loeb stated that the strength of S5 steel surpasses that of iron meteorites.
Having examined the spherules under a microscope, the professor Loeb remarked that they were “beautiful,” adding that “One of them looked like Earth, many of them look like gold.” The Harvard professor even thinks that they constitute evidence for alien life.
“The fundamental question is obvious: was this first recognized interstellar object from 2014 manufactured by a technological civilization?” he wrote on Medium. “Upon our return, we could produce an alloy in the laboratory that has the same composition as we infer for the spherules and analyze the resulting material properties.”