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A top Harvard astronomer says our Solar System could be filled with a quadrillion alienspaceships.
That's one followed by 15 zeroes with humans outnumbered 140,000 to one.
Professor Avi Loeb reckons a space rock that visited Earth in 2017 was an alien – and believes more are on the way with a "quadrillion" similar objects within our Solar System alone.
The academic told the New Statesman that “there should be one in every volume roughly the size of the orbit of the Earth around the sun… it’s pretty small. So it means that there are plenty of them, a quadrillion of them, inside the Oort cloud. Inside the solar system. There are lots of them.”
Prof Loeb, who runs the Department of Astronomy at one of the world's most prestigious universities, claimed an object travelled towards Earth's solar system from the direction of Vega, some 25 light-years away, and intercepted our solar system's orbital plane on September 6, 2017.
Writing in his upcoming book Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, he said the space object shot past Earth before "moving swiftly toward the constellation Pegasus and the blackness beyond".
The object was first spotted by an observatory on the island of Hawaii containing the panoramic survey telescope, the highest definition telescope available.
The 450,000mph space object was dubbed "Oumuamua", which is Hawaiian for "scout".
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Prof Loeb insists the most rational explanation for it is alien and reckons human technology should soon allow us to detect similar space objects every month.
He said Oumuamua “showed an excess push away from the sun, in addition to the sun’s gravitational force acting on it”.
Comets do this when they being evaporating near the Sun and swerve wildly creating their distinctive tails, reports say.
But a tail wasn't seen on this object which instead accelerated smoothly from the Sun – which Prof Loeb said could show it was a flying saucer powered by the light.
He Oumuamua's change of speed suggested it lost “about a tenth of its mass. That’s quite a lot… we should have seen a very clear cloud of gas around it.”
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