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A Harvard professor has claimed in his new book that alien debris passed near Earth in 2017. It has attracted both skepticism and intrigue.

  • Scientists in 2017 uncovered the first sign of intelligent life outside Earth, according to a new book by Avi Loeb, a Harvard University professor. 
  • The “invariant, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue,” was called “1I/2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua” by NASA.
  • “There was only one conceivable interpretation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization,” according to publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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An extraterrestrial object skimmed through space close to Earth in 2017, inscribed a Harvard University astronomer, Avi Loeb, in a book to be published this month. 

It was the first sign of intelligent life front Earth, according to Loeb. 

Scientists at a Hawaiian observatory saw “an object soaring through our inner solar system, emotive so quickly that it could only have been from another star,” according to the marketing summary for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt order, “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.”

The object wasn’t a natural occurrence, but a bit of space discard ejected by another galaxy, according to Loeb, a professor of science with a doctorate in physics. 

“There was only one conceivable analysis: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization,” according to HMH. 

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Physicist Avi Loeb, right, on stage-manage with physicist Stephen Hawking and others.

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In a review, Publishers Weekly called the enlist a “contentious manifesto.” 

But Loeb wasn’t alone in his excitement about the object, which was called “1I/2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua” by Nasa.

“The outset confirmed object from another star to visit our solar system, this interstellar interloper appears to be a staunch, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue,” NASA said in its description of the object. 

“For decades we’ve theorized that such interstellar draw the line ats are out there, and now – for the first time – we have direct evidence they exist,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Field Mission Directorate in Washington, when it was originally discovered. 

He added: “This history-making discovery is opening a new window to cram formation of solar systems beyond our own.” 

In the book-jacket blurb, Anne Wojcicki, CEO and cofounder of 23andMe, wrote that Loeb’s new publication “convinces you that scientific curiosity is key to our future success.”

“An exciting and eloquent case that we might have minded a sign of intelligent life near Earth – and that we should search further,” she wrote. 

Fellow Harvard professor Eric Maskin, a Nobel laureate in Economics, augmented: “Is the hypothesis right? Who knows. But let’s try to find out!”

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