PSU astronomy professor weighs in on mysterious object in solar system
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WJAC)– A mysterious object is in our solar system that scientists say they've never seen before.
Some believe it's part of an alien spaceship.
A group of scientists led by world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking are looking into whether a new object in outer space belongs to aliens.
Other scientists, including a professor at Penn State, are not agreeing with the claim but say the object would move the same way as an asteroid or comet.
If not a bird or a plane or an asteroid, then what?
Scientists are speaking out after finding what some say may be an object from another solar system floating near earth.
"Well this story just really looks very much like another asteroid," PSU astronomy professor Dr. Alexander Wolszczan said.
The object was first detected using a telescope at the University of Hawaii.
"It has this fascinating shape that when you go back any 'reasonably sized' fiction story or movie you see certain things like that," said Wolszczan.
Excitement builds as NASA astronomers say this is the first time something like this has been seen.
The popular video has started a debate questioning whether it's really an asteroid or possibly an alien spacecraft.
Penn State's astronomy professor Dr. Jason Wright suggested in an article that the quote "alien spacecraft" moves exactly the same way as a comet. He was out of town Wednesday -- but his colleagues chimed in.
"We know very well that asteroids come in all kinds of shapes and sizes including the dumbbell-like things and double ones and what not," Wolszczan said.
While Wolsczan doesn't believe the claim himself he says people should still be on the lookout for anything unlikely.
"Well, I would say keep searching, keep searching, one day it's probably going to happen," said Wolszczan.
As far as the next step in this discovery, the biggest radio telescope located in West Virginia will be pointed at the object for about 10 hours to see if any radio wave transmissions are detected.