When Harvard researchers write a paper suggesting that a strange space rock called Oumuamua might be an alien probe sent from afar, it’s hard to resist talking about it. That’s what happened this week, when a preprint paper in arXiv explaining the strangely rapid acceleration of the interstellar visitor suggested it might be an alien probe, driving the media wild. Popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was not impressed.
In an interview with Inverse, the StarTalk host commented both on the alien probe theory and the media’s response to it.
“Yeah, there’s some idea that it could be an alien thing,” he says. “I’m not convinced.”