Professor Avi Loeb has had a pioneering career in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. He’s authored hundreds of academic papers on topics from black holes to the early days of the universe, collaborated on projects with the legendary Stephen Hawking and helmed Harvard’s astronomy department for almost a decade, longer than anyone in the department’s history.
But despite an impressive resume that runs deep inside some of the world’s most revered institutions, Loeb has found himself at odds with the mainstream of science in recent years over his most controversial hypothesis. He’s become increasingly convinced a space object many other astronomers assume is just a peculiar space rock is really a piece of alien technology sent in our direction by some sort of extraterrestrial civilization.
“I submit that the simplest explanation for these peculiarities is that the object was created by an intelligent civilization not of this Earth,” Loeb writes in the introduction to his new book about A Muamua, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.