Residents in Hawaii were left baffled this week after spotting what they believe could have been a UFO falling into the ocean, prompting some to call the police.
Several witnesses from different locations across Oahu reported seeing a large glowing, blue mass flying over the night sky around 8.30pm Tuesday, Hawaii News Now reported.
Videos of the strange sighting shared on social media showed what appeared to be a glowing blue object moving across the sky.
One local woman, identified as Moriah, was outside her home when she saw the UFO passing over the nearby Princess Kahanu Estates.
‘I look up and then I was like oh s***!’ she told the news station. ‘I started calling my husband and them because they were all in the garage.
Several witnesses from different locations across Oahu reported seeing a large glowing, blue mass flying over the night sky around 8.30pm Tuesday
‘I was like, ‘hey, come look up there. See if you see what I see.’ They all said yeah.’
According to Moriah, the object appeared to be larger than a telephone pole and was moving ‘so fast’, but did not make any sound.
Intrigued, the couple then followed the UFO in their car for about three miles before stopping on Farrington Highway where they saw it fall into the ocean, prompting them to call the police.
When officers arrived, they saw yet another unidentified white light that appeared to be traveling in the same direction as the blue object, Moriah said. It then disappeared after passing over a mountain.
Police reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration, but the agency has since said they never received any ‘reports of overdue or missing aircraft.’
A police spokesperson also said they did not have any information on the strange occurrence and the strange sighting remains a mystery.
It comes as a Harvard professor has reignited conspiracy theories about extraterrestrial life and potential alien civilizations that could one day make contact with humans on Earth.
Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard University’s Astronomy Department, has shared theories about a cigar-shaped space rock believed to be the first object from interstellar space
Discovered in October 2017 by a telescope in Hawaii millions of miles away, the asteroid is called ‘Oumuamua’ Hawaiian for messenger, or scout
Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard University’s Astronomy Department, has shared theories about a cigar-shaped space rock believed to be the first object from interstellar space.
Discovered in October 2017 by a telescope in Hawaii millions of miles away, the asteroid is called ‘Oumuamua’ – Hawaiian for messenger from afar arriving first, or scout.
The red-tinged rock is estimated to be possibly 1,300 feet (400 meters) long and zooming away from the Earth and sun at more than 16 miles (26 kilometers) per second.
At the time of the discovery, Loeb received huge backlash from scientists after claiming the object was actually a discarded piece of technology from aliens.
He and a team of researchers at Harvard later published a research paper based on the theory that a quirk of the rock’s acceleration was a result of alien propulsion.
But four years on, Loeb is standing by his theory which he discusses in his new book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, that will be released on January 26.
‘Some people do not want to discuss the possibility that there are other civilizations out there,’ he told the New York Post.
‘They believe we are special and unique. I think it’s a prejudice that should be abandoned.’
Loeb believes Oumuamua is more than just a rock and that the current theory could be a narrow-minded view of something potentially much greater.
‘What would happen if a caveman saw a cellphone? He’s seen rocks all his life, and he would have thought it was just a shiny rock,’ he explained.
‘The only way to look for [alien civilizations] is to look for their trash, like investigative journalists who look through celebrities’ trash.
AN INTERSTELLAR VISITOR: WHAT IS ‘OUMUAMUA AND WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT IT?
A cigar-shaped asteroid named ‘Oumuamua sailed past Earth at 97,200mph (156,428km/h) in October.
It was first spotted by a telescope in Hawaii on 19 October, and was observed 34 separate times in the following week.
It is named after the Hawaiian term for ‘scout’ or ‘messenger’ and passed the Earth at about 85 times the distance to the moon.
It was the first interstellar object seen in the solar system, and it baffled astronomers.
Initially, it was thought the object could be a comet.
However, it displays none of the classic behaviour expected of comets, such as a dusty, water-ice particle tail.
The asteroid is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated – perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide.
That aspect ratio is greater than that of any asteroid or asteroid observed in our solar system to date.
But the asteroid’s slightly red hue — specifically pale pink — and varying brightness are remarkably similar to objects in our own solar system.
Around the size of the Gherkin skyscraper in London, some astronomers were convinced it was piloted by aliens due to the vast distance the object traveled without being destroyed – and the closeness of its journey past the Earth.
Alien hunters at SETI – the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence based at Berkeley University, California said there was a possibility the rock was ‘an alien artefact’.
But scientists from Queen’s University Belfast took a good look at the object and said it appears to be an asteroid, or ‘planetesimal’ as originally thought.
Researchers believe the cigar-shaped asteroid had a ‘violent past’, after looking at the light bouncing off its surface.
They aren’t exactly sure when the violent collision took place, but they believe the lonely asteroid’s tumbling will continue for at least a billion years.