'Harvard professor Avi Loeb has made countless headlines over the last year for his claims that a mysterious interstellar object spotted passing through our solar system could be an alien spacecraft.
It’s a suggestion that many other scientists have slammed as outlandish, but despite the mounting backlash, Loeb is sticking to his guns.
The seasoned astronomer has hundreds of publications under his belt, and insists that the possibility of extraterrestrial origins can’t be ruled out based on the current evidence alone.
And, he says the observations don’t line up with what’s expected of a rogue object that is not an active comet, as Oumuamua is predicted to be.
In the latest interview, Loeb has once again doubled down, maintaining that he will hold his position until the evidence shows otherwise.
‘Many people expected once there would be this publicity, I would back down,’ Loeb told The Washington Post.
‘If someone shows me evidence of the contrary, I will immediately back down.’
The unusual object, which has since come to be known as Oumuamua, was first spotted in 2017 by a team of astronomers operating the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii.
It’s the only confirmed interstellar visitor to date; the Hawaiian name 'Oumuamua translates to ‘visitor from afar arriving first.’
Follow-up observations with NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and other instruments suggested it may be an asteroid that was ejected from its home system.
After Hubble detected sunlight reflecting off the object’s surface, NASA estimated the object to be thin and highly elongated, like a cosmic cigar that stretches roughly 2,600 feet (800 meters) at its longest.'
Read more: Why the Harvard professor who claims Oumuamua is an alien probe STILL won't back down: Astronomer says he'll stand by claims until 'someone shows me evidence to the contrary'
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