Alien Meteorite Strike Kept Secret



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Why? Because due to the extreme secrecy of the Department of Defense, scientists credited with the discovery couldn't corroborate data that would confirm the piece of rock came from another solar system. The story began back on June 6, 2019, when a groundbreaking paper authored by astronomers Amir Siraj and Abraham Loeb - both Harvard University scholars - appeared on the scientific preprint server ArXiv.

According to Siraj and Loeb, found in the data repository of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEO) run by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was a peculiar celestial body first detected in 2014. After plotting its trajectory and speed, both scientists came to the conclusion that the extra-solar system meteor was yet another exotic interstellar body hailing from a distant part of our galaxy, much like the now-famous Omuamua.

Although the meteor never really posed any kind of planetary threat, the boulder-sized body eventually collided with Earth sometime in January 2014; reportedly generating a huge fireball near Papua New Guinea. While residents of the southwestern Pacific Ocean awoke to the news of a cosmic close call, Doctors Siraj and Loeb found themselves unable to submit their findings to a science journal for peer review due to a missing key piece of data in the possession of the US military. If you want to find out why we classified this as a conspiracy, follow the link below.