Are we alone in the universe? Potentially not.

By Mayank Chhaya-

Are we alone in the universe? That ultimate profound question may have an answer closer at hand than ever before and likely to be no, we are not alone.

Professor Avi Loeb, a prominent Harvard astrophysicist, says humanity has never been so close to scientifically valid proof that life on Earth and human civilization are not alone in the Universe. In his upcoming book Interstellar, Dr. Loeb, says he is convinced that we are “tantalizing close not only to learning that terrestrial life is not the only life in the Solar system and that human civilization is not the only civilization to exist or have existed.”

Lately, Dr. Loeb has routinely hit international headlines, first for conjecturing that Oumuamua, the interstellar object that whizzed through our solar system in 2017, may have been of technological origin from an extraterrestrial civilization.

Recently, he is again in the news for mounting an expedition to successfully find remnants of what is believed to be an interstellar meteor that crashed off the coast of Papua New Guinea on January 18, 2014. Hundreds of tiny spherules or molten drops that his expedition recovered are now being analyzed by four laboratories to see if they are composed of materials outside our solar system and, if so, whether they are part of space junk from beyond our solar system. Dr. Loeb is assertively curious about the growing possibilities that we may soon answer the eternal question about our status in the universe—single or not.

Dr.Loeb spoke to Mayank Chhaya Reports.

Professor Loeb received a PhD in plasma physics at age 24 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1986) and was subsequently a long-term member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1988-1993), where he started to work in theoretical astrophysics. In 1993 he moved to Harvard University where he was tenured three years later. He is now the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science and former chair of the department. He also holds a visiting professorship at the Weizmann Institute of Science and a Senior Professorship by special appointment in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Tel Aviv University. Loeb has authored over 1000 research articles and 8 books.