Earthlings may not be the only beings gathering intel on other planets.
Harvard University astronomer Avi Loeb suggested that recent intelligence reports of unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP) maybe provide evidence to alien ships sent to spy on our homeworld.
There is “fresh scientific evidence that we are not the only intelligent species in the cosmos,” theorized Loeb in his op-ed published in the journal Scientific American.
The astronomer, who is known for floating far-fetched theoretical hypotheses, posited that an extraterrestrial civilization had implanted the Earth with sensors collecting info on areas of our galaxy hospitable to life, Futurism reported. He deduced that “Oumuamua” — our solar system’s first-ever interstellar object discovered in 2017 — was a reconnaissance craft dispatched to decipher the data.
The evidence for this is allegedly supported by the recent NASA investigations into clips of supposed UAPs, the most startling of which depicted Navy aircraft encountering objects flying at speeds and in directions not possible for human-made flight.
Linking the so-called “UFO” sightings to a fragment from a far-off planet might seem like a conspiracy theory. However, the astronomer surmised that the state-sponsored UFO investigations wouldn’t be made public if the objects posed security threats like spyware dispatched by China or Russia. As such, the sightings are either natural phenomena or extraterrestrial spacecraft, per the study.
He thought that Oumuamua, in particular, sported spacecraft-evoking characteristics, most notably a large flat shape capable of picking up the signals transmitted by the scout sensors. Not to mention that the implied abundance of Oumuamua-like entities is unreasonably large for an object of alleged natural origin, per the report.
However, Loeb thinks astronomers need to gather more data before we can confidently say that aliens are spying on us.
This celestial research “can be done by deploying state-of-the-art cameras on wide-field telescopes that monitor the sky,” wrote the astronomer. “The sky is not classified; only government-owned sensors are.”
He added, “By searching for unusual phenomena in the same geographical locations from where the UAP reports came, scientists could clear up the mystery in a transparent analysis of open data.”