Avi Loeb and his team collected 50 small spherical fragments on an expedition in mid-June in the Pacific Ocean two kilometers deep.
The astronomer and professor at Harvard University (USA) Avi Loeb claims to have found fragments of alien technology in a meteorite that crashed in the waters of Papua New Guinea in January 2014.
“It is the first time that humans have in their hands material from a large object that came from interstellar space“Loeb said Wednesday in an interview with NewsNation, while showing a container with the material found.
The astronomer indicated that it is millimeter spherules metal with a composition that he says is “anomalous” compared to man-made combinations.
Loeb and his team collected 50 small spherical fragments on an expedition in mid-June in the Pacific Ocean two kilometers deep near the island of Manus. The excursion, which cost 1.5 million dollars, included 26 routes in an area almost 10 kilometers wide.
According to Loeb, the debris may be material from an interstellar alien spacecraft.
“These are almost perfect spheres, or metallic marbles. When you look at them through a microscope, they look very different from the background,” Loeb said. According to his team’s findings, the objects are 84% iron, 8% silicon, 4% magnesium and 2% titanium, with the remaining 2% composed of trace elements.
In one of his daily reports, the astronomer said that at first the material resembled fragments of corroded iron. But when examined with fluorescent X-rays, the research team determined that they were most likely an alloy of steel and titaniumalso known as S5 or shock resistant steel.
“It has a material strength that is harder than any space rock ever seen before and cataloged by NASA,” said Loeb, who strongly believes the meteoritenicknamed IM1, it comes from beyond our own Solar System due to the impressive speed with which it impacted the ocean.
“It was of 60 kilometers per second […] The fact that it is composed of materials harder than even iron meteorites, and that it has moved faster than 95% of all stars in the vicinity of the Sun, potentially suggested that it could be a spacecraft from another civilization, or some technological device,” he said.
For now, Loeb and his team are trying to determine if what they found is of natural or man-made origin.
Years ago, researchers identified an object about 0.9 meters wide detected on 8 January 2014 at an altitude of 18.7 kilometers over a point near Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, in the South Pacific.