Researchers baffled: Mysterious ‘Alien Probe’ to pass by Earth in 2017


The object was discovered in early November in 1991 by astronomer James Scotti of the University of Arizona. But there are countless of celestial objects that are being tracked and discovered each day by astronomers. However, this particular object had enough irregularities for the scientific community to take notes. The object referred to as 1991VG is a mere 10 meters in diameter and has a heliocentric orbit spin past the edge of the Milky Way. But what’s unusual about it, there should be lots of similar objects, why must it be of ‘alien’ origin? Well, the idea that the object ‘could’ belong to an advanced alien civilization came after researchers identified several other strange features connected with 1991VG.

As we mentioned above, the mystery object has a heliocentric orbit that spans past the edge of our galaxy, interestingly, this orbit is unusually similar to our own spinning orb. However, objects in space with a diameter similar to that of 1991VG do not normally behave like this. What’s even strange is that the continued speed of 1991VG doesn’t make sense either as it continues to move at a varying speed, meaning that it accelerates and decelerates gradually.

Strangely, there is more mystery to the enigmatic object. After researchers had predicted the initial orbit of the object, scientists realized that in the object flew past Earth in 1975. Scientists concluded that the varying increments of time were extremely anomalous and unlike any natural object previously seen in the galaxy. Moreover, researchers concluded that the object had a strange high rotational spin, and its brightness varies over time. Many believe that the greatest mystery behind 1991VG is the luminescent variance. All of the anomalies combined make it extremely difficult for researchers to identify the nature of the object. Scientists are unable to agree on a single theory that would shed light onto the mystery object.

Among the numerous theories, and due to the uncertainty of the object’s origin, combined with the anomalous variation in the object’s brightness in images obtained during its passage near Earth in 1991, some have speculated that 1991VG could be a spent rocket fuel tank, or a rocket body from a satellite launched during the 1970’s, or from an Apollo mission. None of the previously mentioned however seems to explain the additional anomalies of the object.

While at this point the object could be anything, the most popular theory (*sarcasm*) surprisingly (*sarcasm*) are aliens.

Among the many theories proposed, there is a possibility that the mysterious object is, in fact, an Extraterrestrial Probe. According to Duncan Steel, an astronomer at the University of Adelaide in Australia, 1991 VG could actually be an “alien probe observed in the vicinity of our planet.” However, in further interviews, Duncan stated that he isn’t convinced after all, that VG 1991 is of extraterrestrial origin. This, however, hasn’t stopped people around the globe to drift around in the endless possibilities of what the mysterious object is.

But what if it is of extraterrestrial nature? Could we identify it? Or even understand it? What if the object was made of highly advanced technology? Could we spot it as such?

According to two mathematicians from the University of Edinburgh, it’s very possible that there are Alien probes operating within our solar system. Duncan Forgan and Arwen Nicholson suggest that we cannot rule out the possibility that there are extraterrestrial craft within our solar system. The mathematicians used computing power to inform their predictions, which might not sound out of place in a sci-fi novel. The two mathematicians analyzed the possibility that probes could travel through space in a study published in the Journal of Astrobiology.

Featured image credit / source