Whether the structure was constructed by an extraterrestrial life or simply made of rock and dust brought together billions of years ago by primordial gravity, Oumuamua is definitely alien to our solar system. The structure that is roughly 400m wide, about 10-times as long has traveled from deep space and will take a trip through our solar system to be eventually slingshot by our sun back from where it came. The structure is thought by most scientists to be an asteroid. What makes this asteroid unique is its bizarre cigar shape. We have monitored a multitude of asteroids from our solar system, all of which has irregular round shapes, but none in the shape of Oumuamua. The American space agency is quoted as saying, “While its elongated shape is quite surprising, and unlike asteroids seen in our solar system, it may provide new clues into how other solar systems formed.”
Being such a unique structure, the question of whether this object was actually an asteroid became a real discussion. A group of people has begun pointing to the question of whether Oumuamua is actually a craft constructed by a far away civilization. To try and make communication, scientists at the Breakthrough Listen Initiative began blasting the asteroid with radio signals. The Virginia telescopes scanned radio channels through the 1 to 12 GHz range with no response to our message. Response or not, a large group of people still believe that the structure is an attempt to make contact with our seemingly primitive civilization. With more tests to come in the future, only time will tell what Oumuamua will bring to our small solar system floating in the void.
Kettley, Sebastian. “Is Oumuamua an Alien Spaceship? Does NASA Know the TRUTH behind Cigar-Shaped Asteroid?” Express, 15 Dec. 2017, www.express.co.uk/news/science/892890/is-oumuamua-alien-spaceship-nasa-ufo-cigar-asteroid-breakthrough-listen.