I want to believe in derelict starships.

I want to believe.

Scientists have been puzzling over Oumuamua ever since the mysterious space object was observed tumbling past the sun in late 2017. Given its high speed and its unusual trajectory, the reddish, stadium-sized whatever-it-is had clearly come from outside our solar system. But its flattened, elongated shape and the way it accelerated on its way through the solar system set it apart from conventional asteroids and comets.

Now a pair of Harvard researchers are raising the possibility that Oumuamua is an alien spacecraft.

…But, nah, I don’t. Or, at least, I don’t believe in this object being a derelict starship.  The concept of derelict starships in general is something that I can get behind.  But the odds of this being one are, alas, low.

(Via Hot Air)


  • nicklevi86 says:

    I love how their core reasoning is: “you haven’t proven it’s NOT aliens yet.” Only the Best at Harvard™.

  • Eric Burns-White says:

    I love the “there’s no possible way this could be a coincidence” angle, when patently describing things that could in fact be coincidences.

    I would lay odds the actual scientific paper and opinion is “there are many possible causes of this asteroid’s shape and trajectory, and we cannot rule out intelligence as a part, though significantly more observation is required before we can come to actual hypotheses. We recommend more study,” and it got reduced to the best possible soundbite.

    Besides, it’s clearly the probe from Star Trek IV. It’s just early.

  • JustDave says:

    Have you read Benford’s In the Ocean of Night? Discovering a derelict alien space ship isn’t always a good thing.

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