In 2017, scientists at an observatory in Hawaii detected an interstellar object near Earth, which they named Oumuamua. The more scientists looked at it, the weirder it got – this cigar-shaped object didn’t behave like any other asteroid or comet seen in our solar system before. To Avi Loeb – the very eminent chair of the Harvard astronomy department – it felt like potential evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence and technology and when he said so publically, there was a media storm. No scientist had ever been prepared to go on record saying this before. In ‘Extraterrestrial’, Loeb explains what the extraordinary discovery of Oumuamua and the latest astronomical research means for our place in the universe as we know it.

ISBN: 9781529304848 Author: Loeb, Abraham Publisher: John Murray Publication Date: 17th February 2022 Imprint: John Murray Cover: Paperback Dewey: 576.839 (edition:23) Pages: 240 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , , ,

‘VISIONARY’ Stephen Greenblatt

Harvard’s top astronomer takes us inside the mind-blowing story of the first interstellar visitor to our solar system

In late 2017, scientists at a Hawaiian observatory glimpsed a strange object soaring through our inner solar system. Astrophysicist Avi Loeb conclusively showed it was not an asteroid; it was moving too fast along a strange orbit, and leaving no trail of gas or debris in its wake. There was only one conceivable explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization.

In Extraterrestrial, Loeb takes readers inside the thrilling story of the first interstellar visitor to be spotted in our solar system. He outlines his theory and its profound implications: for science, for religion, and for the future of our planet. A mind-bending journey through the furthest reaches of science, space-time, and the human imagination, Extraterrestrial challenges readers to aim for the stars-and to think critically about what’s out there, no matter how strange it seems.

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