Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Distant Messenger Interstellar Object Reminds Us of Space's Potential

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Distant Messenger Interstellar Object Reminds Us of Space's Potential

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In October 2017, astronomers at the University of Hawaii observed a strange object hurtling through space. Described by its observers as "a red and extremely elongated asteroid," it turned out to be the first interstellar object ever detected passing through the Solar System. Researchers named it 'Oumuamua, a Hawaiian word that roughly translates to "first distant messenger."

Questions have surrounded 'Oumuamua as no one has been able to say what exactly it is. Theories that it is an asteroid or comet have been disproved. More recently, Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard's astronomy department, has thrown out an eye-catching hypothesis: 'Oumuamua might be a sign of extraterrestrial life.

Mr. Loeb co-wrote a paper raising questions about several strange facts related to 'Oumuamua. …

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