The first known interstellar asteroid will be scanned for sings of alien technology
by a project searching for intelligent life in the cosmos.
On the 19 of October an asteriod was detected as it sped towards the sun.
The projects team suggested it originated around another star, making it the first interstellar
asteroid to be spotted in our cosmic neighbourhood.
An initiative backed by The Russian billionaire Yuri Milner will listen to the signals from the asteroid by using a radio telescope.
Currently the asteroid is speeding away from our solar system, the team with astronomers
already begun observing it with four different radio frequency bands.
The asteroid has been given a name ‘Oumuamua’, which means “a messenger from afar arriving first” in Hawaiian.
Previous observations of ‘Oumuamua, have noted its strange, bizarre shape which looks like a cigar.
Mr Milner’s Breakthrough Listen programme released a statement which read: “Researchers working on long-distance space transportation have previously suggested that a cigar or needle shape is the most likely architecture for an interstellar spacecraft, since this would minimise friction and damage from interstellar gas and dust.”
Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center, who is part of the initiative, said: “‘Oumuamua’s presence within our Solar System affords Breakthrough Listen an opportunity to reach unprecedented sensitivities to possible artificial transmitters and demonstrate our ability to track nearby, fast-moving objects.”