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1; A mysterious object that looked tumbling past the sun may have been part of a spacecraft sent to spy on us, according to researchers.
Last year, a collection of telescopes in Hawaii discovered “Oumauma asteroid” flying through the solar system at speeds of 196,000 miles per hour. “
” “Oumuamua can be a fully functioning probe that is deliberately sent to the Earth’s vicinity of an alien civilization,” researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics wrote in a paper sent to the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Their theory is based on the unexpected increase in speed of the object as it traveled through the solar system.
“Oumuamua is an easy sail, floating in interstellar space as a rubbish from an advanced technical equipment,” said the author. “The paper is the first object ever seen in our solar system, which is known to originate elsewhere.