Scientists say an object that crashed into Pacific Ocean is 'artificial in origin'

  • EXCLUSIVE: UFO-hunting Harvard scientists say debris from unidentified object that crashed into Pacific Ocean in 2014 appears 'artificial in origin' - and they could be remnants of an 'interstellar spacecraft'
  • Harvard team now has more evidence 'IM1' came from outside our solar system
  • Further testing needed to explain how IM1 withstood over 200 megapascals, FOUR-TIMES the deep-sea pressure that crushed OceanGate sub near the Titanic
  • By MATTHEW PHELAN SENIOR SCIENCE REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
  • PUBLISHED: 16:21 BST, 4 July 2023 | UPDATED: 15:49 BST, 6 July 2023
  • Tiny metal fragments recovered from an interstellar object that crashed into the Pacific Ocean appear 'artificial in origin', scientists say.
  • A Harvard duo recovered 50 unusual iron spheres after tracking down the unidentified object, known as IM1, off the coast of Papua New Guinea last week as part of a $ 1.5 million underwater search mission. 
  • New lab analysis of the metal spheres reveals they are 'anomalous' and stronger than any observed meteor produced by nature, according to Professor Avi Loeb, former chair of Harvard's astronomy department who led the research.
  • “The 50 iron spheres recovered from the Pacific (above) were analyzed at Berkeley in a lab. They were shown to be 'anomalous' 
  • Professor Loeb told DailyMail.com: 'This composition is anomalous compared to human-made alloys, known asteroids and familiar astrophysical sources.' 
  • NASA says IM1 almost certainly came from outer space - making it Earth's first known interstellar visitor - and crashed into the ocean in 2014, but it was only detected by Professor Loeb and Harvard researcher Amir Siraj in a retrospective analysis.
  • With high confidence that the final path for IM1 covered 6.2 square-miles (16 sq-km) of ocean near Manus Island, the team was then able to scrape the deep ocean floor with a large magnetic 'sled' (above) — both along IM1's path and several 'control' regions
  • The Berkeley lab's new analysis of the IM1 spheres now shows that the object was likely almost entirely composed of iron, which Harvard astrophysicist and Galileo Project founder Avi Loeb noted is unlike any meteors or asteroids known to man.
  • IM1 withstood four times the pressure that would typically destroy an ordinary iron-metal meteor — as it hurtled through Earth's atmosphere at 100,215 miles per hour. 
  • Iron is already the principal ingredient in the toughest known kinds of natural meteors, so the Harvard duo has theorized that there must be something highly unusual about how the object came to be made. 
  • Professor Loeb told this website: 'More than 95 percent of all meteorites contain iron-nickel metal. As a consequence, meteorites have concentrations of nickel that are much greater than that of nearly any terrestrial rock.'
  • In contrast to these standard iron-nickel meteorites, the IM1 fragments contained only 'negligible' amounts of nickel, alongside other 'trace elements,' according to a preliminary statement supplied to DailyMail.com over the weekend.  

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