A newly released secret government document claims that an interstellar object not only entered the solar system in 2014, but crashed into Earth and its debris fell into the Pacific.
Why did the government take it upon itself to keep the fact that an interstellar object crashed on Earth a secret? No official media has provided an answer to this question.
The event was revealed by the Vice portal to Amir Siraj , an astrophysics student and director of interstellar object studies at Harvard’s Galileo project.
The Interstellar Object Incident
Siraj, along with Avi Loeb, wrote an article explaining that an interstellar object fell in the Pacific. But the news was kept secret.
Apparently, the team scoured NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) database, which lists space rocks and meteor impacts.
While looking for anomalies, they found a huge fireball that exploded near Manus Island in northern Papua New Guinea on January 8, 2014.
The speed was over 200,000 kilometers per hour and the duo identified it as a “tiny space rock” 0.45 meters in diameter. Its origin could be deep inside the solar system or a star in the thick disk of the Milky Way.
Siraj believes that some of the sensors used by CNEOS are operated by the US Department of Defense to detect nuclear detonations.
In the absence of key data on the fireball velocity margin of error, the two scientists were unable to peer review and publish the paper.
But things changed when their request for the data reached Joel Mozer , Space Operations Command Chief Scientist within the Space Force Service Component.
Restart of the investigation
Most surprisingly, Siraj and Loeb learned they had clearance through a tweet from Space Force. The message shows a memo dated March 1 and signed by Lt. Gen. John E. Shaw , deputy commander of Space Force.
Upon learning of the existence of this memo, Siraj and Loeb resumed their research to publish the article so that other expert researchers could search for other interstellar objects.
Siraj will also ask astronomers to build a public network of meteorite sensors independent of the Ministry of Defense. This would eliminate delays like that of his research.
He also plans to organize an expedition to the site where the interstellar object fell:
“It would be very ambitious, but we will analyze it in depth. Because the possibility of getting the first piece of interstellar matter is exciting enough to check it out very thoroughly. And to talk to all the world’s experts on ocean expeditions to recover meteorites.
Many are hoping that, this time, Space Force will not impede the investigation, as there is still some question as to why this information was withheld. Is it possible there is something else they don’t want us to know, or was this just a “mistake”?