A Mysterious Meteorite from Outer Space
In 2014, a strange object crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Papua New Guinea. It was detected by the U.S. government sensors, but it went unnoticed for five years until Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb and his student Amir Siraj found it in 2019. They published their findings in a scientific paper, where they claimed that the object, named IM1, was not an ordinary meteorite, but an interstellar visitor from another solar system.
The object had an unusual trajectory and speed, which suggested that it was not bound by the gravity of the sun. It also survived a fiery entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, which indicated that it had a high melting point and a low density. Loeb and Siraj speculated that the object could be either a natural piece of space rock or an artificial fragment of alien technology.
A Historic Discovery of Interstellar Metal
In June 2023, Loeb and his team embarked on a mission to retrieve any remnants of IM1 from the ocean floor. They hired EYOS Expeditions and boarded a boat called the Silver Star. They used a sled with magnets attached to a winch to comb more than 100 miles of the seabed. They were financed by entrepreneur Charles Hoskinson, who donated $1.5 million for the expedition.
To their surprise, they found more than 700 submillimeter-sized spheres that were attracted by the magnets. They brought them back to Harvard University, where they analyzed them in Stein Jacobsen’s lab. They found that the spheres contained elements such as beryllium, lanthanum, and uranium, which are not matched to any existing alloys in our solar system.
“This is a historic discovery because it represents the first time that humans put their hand on materials from a large object that arrived on Earth from outside the solar system,” Loeb wrote on Medium, where he has been documenting the expedition and resulting studies.
The Implications for Alien Life and Technology
The findings may not yet answer the question of whether the metallic spheres are natural or artificial in origin, but Loeb insists that the team is now confident that what they found is interstellar in origin. He said that the next steps involve determining whether these spheres are part of an exotic space rock or remnants of alien technology that has been drifting through space for who knows how long.
“The success of the expedition illustrates the value of taking risks in science despite all odds as an opportunity for discovering new knowledge,” Loeb said.
Loeb is no stranger to controversial claims about alien life and technology. He is the co-founder of the Galileo Project, a research program at Harvard dedicated to the scientific search for extraterrestrial artifacts. He is also known for his hypothesis that ‘Oumuamua, the first interstellar object detected in our solar system in 2017, could be an alien probe.
While skeptics dismiss his claims as sensationalism, Loeb remains steadfast in his quest to find evidence of alien civilizations in the universe. He believes that humanity should be open-minded and curious about the possibility of life beyond Earth.