The Breakthrough Listen will scan “Oumuamua”. The unusual interstellar ‘asteroid’ – to see if is an alien probe.

 

As discussed in  the October  27th 2017 post “Meteorite” A/2017 U1. The first detected interstellar object to enter our Solar System. Could it be an alien probe?   The object now known  as Oumuamua, which was first thought of as a comet, was then later redefined as a odd ‘cigar’ shaped asteroid.   The ‘Breakthrough Listen’ project (which is part of SETI) will now scan the strange object within the 1-12 GHz range starting on the 13th Dec 2017 using the Green Bank telescope in West Virgina, America.

From Space.com

“Alien-hunting scientists are lending a (telescopic) ear to ‘Oumuamua, a mysterious object recently spotted speeding through the solar system. ‘Oumuamua, first detected in October with the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii, is the first likely visitor from interstellar space to ever be spotted in Earth’s solar system…”

Scientists have been intrigued by the reddish, elongated object because of its long and thin shape, which is unlike the asteroids and comets researchers have seen that are native to the solar system…Researchers working on long-distance space transportation have previously suggested that a cigar or needle shape [like ‘Oumuamua exhibits] is the most likely architecture for an interstellar spacecraft, since this would minimize friction and damage from interstellar gas and dust,” Breakthrough Listen representatives said in the statement. “While a natural origin is more likely, there is currently no consensus on what that origin might have been, and Breakthrough Listen is well positioned to explore the possibility that ‘Oumuamua could be an artifact.

…At the object’s current distance from Earth, it would take less than a minute for the telescope to detect a transmission with the power of a cellphone’s, Breakthrough Listen representatives said. Even without a signal, the telescope’s radio inspection could reveal additional information about water or ice on the object, or a coma of gas surrounding it, neither of which have yet been spotted...”

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You are real, it is the Universe that may not exist. Except for what you perceive.

Hubble Frontier Fields view of Abell 2744

(The Abell 2744 cluster of Galaxies.  From https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1401a/)

In a Topsy-turvy world of philosophy and science as the two try and find an equilibrium  with agreeances (which is rare) .  The topic of Time and the self as an illusion often gels (in a loose way) the empirical with the philosophical.  A common belief that not only is time an illusion but the self is too.  Often compounded by philosophers and scientists alike to the point of absurdity of late, with some elements of cognitive science lending a hand in, as a final attempt at winning the freewill debate, that you and I,  our actions, no matter how we perceive the self, are made up entirely of the predetermined impulses of our neurons.  Which are viewed as deterministic actions that overwrite the self and freedom of will.  So, anything you impose onto the self is an illusion,  reaffirmed, in their opinion, that within the cognitive actions there is no “I” and no “self”.  As the mind does not factor the self as an entity, so therefor they believe it is only an illusion that we visually perceive ourselves as a self willed being.  A spiritualist/philosophical belief  also held by Buddhists for thousands of years, that there is the “no self” or Anattā,  detachment from the self would reconcile the Dukkha, which is the continuous  attachment to suffering of pain and desire.    That in turn will lead to Anicca or Impermanence, the release from the cycle of attachment to human self imposed suffering.  As once achieved you’ll see the self as a temporary illusionary state of mind.

A lot of the fusion between neuroscience and the metaphysics of Anatta/’non self’ originates from the newly formed mindfulness ‘movement’ (?) that, as discussed, has borrowed heavily from Buddhist meditation and practice of attaining Anicca.  How helpful would it be to reinforced the message from a practitioner of atheist Mindfulness to their ‘flock’ that they are an illusion.  Is most likely counter-intuitive.  When the meditations should be the other way around, that the world and the Universe are an illusion, the only certainty is within a moment in time that we know the self exists – as the observer.

In relation to time as an illusion,  in part the popular culture impression (at the time), came form a famous letter that Albert Einstein wrote to his friend Michele Besso’s family after he passed away.

Now he has departed this strange world a little ahead of me…That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists, the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Einstein was able to define a time-symmetric Universe in both General relativity and the standard particle physics model.   Which is a Universe that both, simultaneously, slows and speeds up time.  With that equation essentially leaving out the moment in time that is the “now” the equation reveals a ‘block-Universe’ where the flows of time are at different perceptions,  as they move in out of it’s timeless existence.  Thus, in turn creates an illusion for the observer as we would only follow the arrow of time in one direction, unaware that time is relevant at all points of the past and the future.

Still, as a first person experience.  I know time is real as much as the self is.  In time, experiences are learned, you shape your perception of reality within what you observe.  A constant movement that in all retrospect forces one to be within the “now”, it is our primitive and flawed parts of our minds that over compensate, with fears, of a future that may not exist. Whist clinging to a past that is only memories.  It is not that the future is an illusion, it simply, as mentioned, does not exist.  We make the self paramount and our experience of the self being real.  So, when we do turn our attention to the Universe, knowing that from a first person human experience, that the Universe may not be a constructed illusion.  But a presence that, under what we have learned and what we know, we control.  As we determine it’s observation.  And make it ours.

I’ll leave it with this quote from the American/Russian physicist Anrei Linde

The universe and the observer exist as a pair…You can say that the universe is there only when there is an observer who can say, Yes, I see the universe there. These small words — it looks like it was here— for practical purposes it may not matter much, but for me as a human being, I do not know any sense in which I could claim that the universe is here in the absence of observers. We are together, the universe and us. The moment you say that the universe exists without any observers, I cannot make any sense out of that. I cannot imagine a consistent theory of everything that ignores consciousness. A recording device cannot play the role of an observer, because who will read what is written on this recording device? In order for us to see that something happens, and say to one another that something happens, you need to have a universe, you need to have a recording device, and you need to have us. It’s not enough for the information to be stored somewhere, completely inaccessible to anybody. It’s necessary for somebody to look at it. You need an observer who looks at the universe. In the absence of observers, our universe is dead.”

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Adrian Glass

Author of SATRAN KAEVON (2017) and Voids of the Elysium (2017)

Also, please refer to the article “Would The Universe Still Exist If No Life Existed To Observe It?

A/2017 U1 the interstellar visitor now named: Oumuamua “The messenger…”

Artist’s impression of the interstellar asteroid `Oumuamua

(An artist 3D computer graphic rendition of the elongated interstellar object that visit our Solar System)

This is great.  An interstellar object, now classified as a type of meteor which has been appropriately titled Oumuamua which in Hawaiian means “The messenger from afar arriving first.”  Very cool name.

From NASA

New data reveal the interstellar interloper to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue. The asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers, is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated—perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide. That aspect ratio is greater than that of any asteroid or comet observed in our solar system to date. 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.

The observations and analyses were funded in part by NASA and appear in the Nov. 20 issue of the journal Nature. They suggest this unusual object had been wandering through the Milky Way, unattached to any star system, for hundreds of millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system.

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

“This unusually big variation in brightness means that the object is highly elongated: about ten times as long as it is wide, with a complex, convoluted shape,” said Meech. We also found that it had a reddish color, similar to objects in the outer solar system, and confirmed that it is completely inert, without the faintest hint of dust around it.”

These properties suggest that ‘Oumuamua is dense, comprised of rock and possibly metals, has no water or ice, and that its surface was reddened due to the effects of irradiation from cosmic rays over hundreds of millions of years.

Pleas also refer to my article my article October 27, 2017 re: “Oumuamua”

As our Earth and Space telescope detectors become more precise and their data relays reveal further deviations in Space.  In which, what is seen as an aberration that being asteroids, comets and other wayward ancient remnants, despite what we know so far within a clockwork Universe, it is at times a chaotic and unruly cosmos.  Asteroids (made of rocks and other heavier elements), Comets (ice) which were formed from interstellar clouds, such as the Oort cloud that surrounds our Solar System.  Are the main culprits that have caused mass extinctions on Earth.  The newly discovered (18th October 2017) ‘object’ A/2017 U1 which was first seen as a comet, then reclassified as a meteorite, could be the only interstellar object ever detected…

Unusual ‘exotic’ cosmic waves have been detected. Neutron (Pulsars) stars have been ruled out as culprits.

Vela_Pulsar_jet

(The Vela Pulsar, note it’s plasma jets)

It has been observed and measured that positrons the opposite of an electron, in relation to cosmic waves, occur form Black Holes and highly magnetized Neutron stars (Pulsar).  More so the plasma emission from a Pulsar’s extreme magnetized poles, which as it spins an incredible rate it creates a ‘pulse’ of electromagnetic radiation.  These ‘pulsating’ jets, seen by space telescopes, are the Positron-electron plasma beams.

From CERN in relation to the Electron-positron paradox and the formation of the early Universe.

Electron–positron plasmas display peculiar features when compared with the other states of matter, on account of the symmetry between the negatively charged and positively charged particles, which in this case have equal mass but opposite charge. These plasmas play a fundamental role in the evolution of extreme astrophysical objects, including black holes and pulsars, and are associated with the emission of ultra-bright gamma-ray bursts. Moreover, it is likely that the early universe in the leptonic era – that is, in the minutes following approximately one second after the Big Bang – consisted almost exclusively of a dense electron–positron plasma in a hot photon bath.”

Just recently researchers at the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory in Mexico have checked over data of two Neutron Stars to see if the positrons that have been gathering en masse above the Earth originated from these two nearby Pulsars.

From Independent

…They measured two of the pulsars that were previously thought to be the origin of the excess positrons – and found that they are surrounded by a huge, murky cloud that stops most of the particles from escaping, according to the new research.

“This new measurement is tantalizing because it strongly disfavours the idea that these extra positrons are coming to Earth from two nearby pulsars, at least when you assume a relatively simple model for how positrons diffuse away from these spinning stars,” said Jordan Goodman, professor of physics at the University of Maryland.”

So, it would appear that not all cosmic waves are generated by Neutron (Pulsars) stars or Black Holes.  But, possibly from a more ‘exotic’ source.

…the particles must be coming from some other unknown source – each of which will require a rethinking of their model of physics. One of the possibilities includes the “annihilation or decay of dark matter particles”, as well as a range of other energetic, mysterious processes churning away deep in space.”

Or a super advanced alien civilization have created a massive particle generator.    Thus, we maybe observing the particle byproducts of an intergalactic experiment.

A quite Universe. Elusive “advanced” Alien life

IDL TIFF file

(Hubble Telescope ultra deep field)

Since the Drake equation, which was developed in 1961 by astronomer Frank Drake.  The equation it’s self holds a broad estimate of between 2 – 280 million advanced civilizations.  More so of late, with the discovery via the Kepler telescope of the varied amounts of Exoplanets, planets that revolve around a star, like our Sun.  Which has now been observed that most stars, host planets that could be defined as in residing within hospitable zones.  The so called “Goldilocks” orbits.  Of course, the problem with that assertion in regards to a planet that may reside in the ‘right’ zone for life, is that the majority of the planets discovered have not emitted mid-infrared or electromagnetic waves that may  indicate advanced life i.e giving off artificial  heat, which is the energy waste of powering an advanced civilization.  Like the Earth.  What is also disappointing is the discovery of these planets that obit stars, most are tidal locked planets, as these planets do not have a rotation like the Earth, and in most cases orbit Red Dwarfs and or larger stars/binary systems.  Which could and most likely make life impossible on these exoplanets due to high radiation.

In my 2017 book CATACLYSMAL, I discussed that advanced alien life may have left a hostile Universe.

If that is the case, we should keep looking anyway, if not for the relics of what was once an advanced alien civilization.

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From Cosmos Magazine

The first comprehensive search for radio signals produced by extraterrestrial civilisations has drawn a blank. As far as signs of intelligent life go, it’s as quiet as the grave from here out to a distance of 50 parsecs – 1550 trillion kilometres – in every direction.

…That’s the slightly dispiriting conclusion reached by a team of researchers led by astronomer Emilio Enriquez from the University of California, Berkeley, in the US, which has analysed data gathered by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in Virginia as part of a privately funded project called the Breakthrough Listen Initiative.

…These wavelengths, like all on the electromagnetic spectrum, travel at the speed of light, but are especially attractive for interstellar communications. Galaxies naturally create enormous amounts of radio waves at lower frequencies, making it impossible for communication signals within that range to pass through without getting lost.

Higher frequencies – at least on Earth – tend to get absorbed within the atmosphere (which also emits some all by itself). The same effect would happen on inhabited alien worlds, assuming a broadly similar atmosphere.

The one-to-10 GHz range, thus, is called the Microwave Window. Signals coming from space with wavelengths within the window are automatically of interest to ET-hunters, and even more so if they display significant variation, indicating perhaps that they are encoding language or data streams rather than the uniform expression of microwave activity arising from some cosmic chemical interaction.