According to Boston Public Radio, Avi Loeb, a Harvard professor renowned for his avid pursuit of UFOs, asserts that he possesses fresh evidence indicating that meteor fragments retrieved from the ocean floor may be of alien origin.
This declaration serves as a rebuttal to critics who contend that the origins of these fragments are of a more conventional nature.
“It raises the possibility that it may have been a Voyager-like meteor, artificially made by another civilization,” Loeb told the station on Monday, referencing an actual pair of probes sent screaming out of the solar system by NASA back in the 1970s.
Although Avi Loeb gained prominence for his controversial theories surrounding the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua, which traversed our solar system in 2017, his latest research focuses on another celestial anomaly. Unlike ‘Oumuamua, this interstellar oddity, named IM1, made its way to Earth—albeit not in one piece.
Nearly a decade ago, IM1 plunged into the Pacific Ocean near Papua New Guinea, initially escaping notice until Loeb spearheaded efforts in 2022 that confirmed it as the first interstellar object known to have fallen to Earth.
In a determined pursuit, the astrophysicist led an expedition last year to scour the ocean floor for remnants of the object. According to his claims, he discovered spherical metal fragments, or “spherules,” which he believes might suggest that IM1 could be a form of alien technology.
These findings, detailed in a paper published in October, faced skepticism. Some scientists argued that the spherules could be a result of fallout from human nuclear testing or even just coal ash.
Undeterred, Loeb asserted in an interview with Boston Public Radio that he has released new findings to counter the skeptics. In his preprint paper, he concludes that the chemical composition of some of the spherules “differs from any known solar system material.”
“What we did is compare 55 elements from the periodic table in coal ash to those special spherules that we found,” he told. “And it’s clearly very different.”
“It’s not based on opinions,” he added. “And, of course, if you’re not part of this scientific process and you are jealous of the attention that it gets, then you can raise a lot of criticism.”
Loeb believes our best bet of finding extraterrestrials remains in the sky. In particular, he cautions that his scientific peers, often fixated on the farthest reaches of the cosmos, shouldn’t overlook what’s in our solar system.
“The best approach to figure it out is actually to do the scientific work of building observatories that look out and check what these objects are,” he told Boston Public Radio. “And if they happen to be birds, or airplanes, or Chinese balloons, so be it.”
“But we need to figure it out, it’s our civil duty as scientists,” he added.