No alien signals detected from cigar-shaped asteroid — Scientists

Image by European Southern Observatory/M.Kornmesser

An asteroid was detected in space by a telescope in Hawaii in late October and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed that it came from another solar system.

Scientists and researchers investigated the space rock, but no alien signals have been detected from it.

The researchers of a project called “Breakthrough Listen”, who have been looking and listening for evidence of extraterrestrial technology on the rock, said Thursday that “no such signals have been detected”.

The project researchers, however, added that “the analysis is not yet complete”.

The rock, called “Oumuamua” (a Hawaiian name meaning “messenger” or “scout”), is thought to be about 1,300 feet long and only about 130 feet wide.

According to NASA, the rock is travelling at about 38.3 km/sec. relative to the Sun and is about 200 million kilometers from Earth.

Oumuamua, as per reports, passed Mars’ orbit in November, and will pass by that of Jupiter in May, 2018 before exiting beyond Saturn’s orbit in January 2019.

“For decades we’ve theorized that such interstellar objects are out there, and now – for the first time – we have direct evidence they exist. This history-making discovery is opening a new window to study formation of solar systems beyond our own,” NASA’s Science Mission Directorate associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said in a November 20 issue of the journal Nature.