As per the latest reports, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’ Breakthrough listen project is going to observe the mysterious object Oumuamua to check whether it gives out radio signals or not. Breakthrough Listen Project is a $100 million global astronomical program aimed towards searching intelligent extraterrestrial life in the cosmos. Milner said that if Oumuamua is emitting radio signals then his team would be able to detect them and the results would be in front of us within days.
The mysterious space rock Oumuamua was discovered by Robert Werky on October 19, 2017, using Pan-STARRS telescope. Since then it has bamboozled the scientists with its odd shape and unusual behavior. Till now, scientists could not allocate an exact definition to Oumuamua. Initially, it was called a comet and later it was confirmed as an interstellar asteroid, and now, it is depicted as a new class of objects cruising throughout the solar system.
As per the scientists, Oumuamua never had a comet-like tail, and also its cigar-shaped body (up to 800 meters long and just about 80 meters wide) was not like any of the other asteroids seen so far. So, it falls down as one of the most peculiar objects in space. As per the scientists, they have got enough evidence to prove that Oumuamua is not from our Solar system. The object is dark and very red and also travels very fast inside the solar system, and this indicates that it is from another star system. But scientists are not dropping their huge interest in this mysterious interstellar object. And, now some researchers believe that Oumuamua might be giving off radio signals and the object could possibly be an alien spacecraft. Therefore, the Breakthrough listen project has decided to carefully observe the mysterious interstellar object and check whether any radio signals are coming out from it.
The observation campaign will begin on Wednesday, December 13 at 3:00 pm ET and Breakthrough Listen will use the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope to observe Oumuamua, across four radio bands, from 1 to 12 GHz. The observation will last almost 10 hours, divided into four “epochs” based on the interstellar object’s period of rotation. Milner said, “With our equipment at Green Bank, we can detect a signal the strength of a mobile phone coming out of this object. We don’t want to be sensational in any way, and we are very realistic about the chances this is artificial, but because this is a unique situation we think mankind can afford 10 hours of observing time using the best equipment on the planet to check a low-probability hypothesis.”
Sharing his thoughts regarding the upcoming observational effort of Breakthrough listen on Oumuamua, Listen’s Andrew Siemion, Director of Berkeley SETI Research Center said, “‘Oumuamua’s presence within our solar system affords Breakthrough Listen an opportunity to reach unprecedented sensitivities to possible artificial transmitters and demonstrate our ability to track nearby, fast-moving objects. Whether this object turns out to be artificial or natural, it’s a great target for Listen.” Well, Yuri Milner’s decision to check Oumuamua for any radio signals is truly an appreciable step, and hopefully, this observational effort might clear the doubt about whether the mysterious object is an alien spacecraft or a galactic driftwood washed up by celestial currents.