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`Oumuamua-Related Publications by Avi Loeb   (with clickable links in reverse chronological order)      Harvard logo

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Scientific Papers

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``The Mass Budget Necessary to Explain `Oumuamua as a Nitrogen Iceberg'', The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2020).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``Observable Signatures of the Ejection Speed of Interstellar Objects from their Birth Systems'', The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2020).

*Hoang, T., & Loeb, A. ``Destruction of Molecular Hydrogen Ice and Implications for `Oumuamua'', The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2020).

*Hoang, T., & Loeb, A. ``Detectability of Thermal Emission from Sub-Relativistic Objects'', The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2020).

*Sheerin, T.F., & Loeb, A. ``Could 1I/2017 U1 'Oumuamua Be a Solar Sail Hybrid?'', JBIS (2020).

*Lingam, M., & Loeb, A. ``Propulsion of Spacecrafts to Relativistic Speeds Using Natural Astrophysical Sources'', The Astrophysical Journal (2020).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``Observational Signatures of Sub-Relativistic Meteors'', Astrophysical Journal Letters (2020).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``Transfer of Life by Earth-Grazing Objects to Exoplanetary Systems'', Astrophysical Journal Letters (2020).

*Lingam, M., Ginsburg I. & Loeb, A. ``Prospects for Life on Temperate Planets around Brown Dwarfs'', The Astrophysical Journal (2020).

*Ginsburg, I., Lingam, M. & Loeb, A. "Galactic Panspermia", JCAP (2019).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``Exporting Terrestrial Life Out of the Solar System with Gravitational Slingshots of Earthgrazing Bodies'', International Journal of Astrobiology (2019).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``Detecting Interstellar Objects through Stellar Occultations'', The Astrophysical Journal (2019).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``An Argument for a Kilometer-Scale Nucleus of C/2019 Q4'', Reasearch Notes of the American Astronomical Society (2019).

*Lingam, A., & Loeb, A. ``Brown Dwarf Atmospheres as the Potentially Most Detectable and Abundant Sites for Life'', The Astrophysical Journal (2019).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``Radio Flares from Collisions of Neutron Stars with Interstellar Asteroids'', Reasearch Notes of the American Astronomical Society (2019).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``A Real-Time Search for Interstellar Impact on the Moon'', Acta Astronautica (2019).

*Lingam, M., & Loeb, A. ``Searching the Moon for Extrasolar Material and the Building Blocks of Extraterrestrial Life'', Publications of the National Academy of Sciences (2019).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``Probing Extrasolar Planetary Systems With Interstellar Meteors'', Astrophysical Journal Letters (2019).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``Discovery of a Meteor of Interstellar Origin'', Astrophysical Journal Letters (2019).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``Oumuamua's Geometry Could Be More Extreme than Previously Inferred'', Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society (2019).

*Forbes, J., & Loeb, A. ``Turning up the Heat on `Oumuamua'', Astrophysical Journal Letters (2019).

*Siraj, A., & Loeb, A. ``Identifying Interstellar Objects Trapped in the Solar System through Their Orbital Parameters'', Astrophysical Journal Letters (2019).

*Bialy, S., & Loeb, A. ``Could Solar Radiation Pressure Explain `Oumumua's Peculiar Acceleration?'', Astrophysical Journal Letters (2018).

*Ginsburg, I., Lingam, M., & Loeb, A. ``Galactic Panspermia'', The Astrophysical Journal (2018).

*Hoang, T., Loeb, A., Lazarian, A., & Cho, J. ``Spinup and Disruption of Interstellar Asteroids by Mechanical Torques, and Implications for 1I/2017 U1 (`Oumuamua)'', The Astrophysical Journal (2018).

*Lingam, M., & Loeb, A. ``Implications of Captured Interstellar Objects for Panspermia and Extraterrestrial Life'', The Astrophysical Journal (2018).

*Lingam, M., & Loeb, A. ``Natural and Artificial Spectral Edges in Exoplanets'', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2017).

*Manchester, Z., & Loeb, A. ``Stability of a Light Sail Riding on a Laser Beam'', The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2017).

*Hoang, T., & Loeb, A. ``Electromagnetic Forces on a Relativistic Spacecraft in the Interstellar Medium'', The Astrophysical Journal (2017).

*Hoang, T., Lazarian, A., Burkhart, B. & Loeb, A. ``The Interaction of Relativistic Spacecrafts with the Interstellar Medium'', The Astrophysical Journal (2017).

*Lingam, M., & Loeb, A. "Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails", The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2017).

*Guillochon, J., & Loeb, A. ``SETI via Leakage from Light Sails in Exoplanetary Systems'', The Astrophysical Journal (2016).

*Lin, H. W., Gonzalez Abad, G., & Loeb, A. "Detecting Industrial Pollution in the Atmospheres of Earth-like Exoplanets", The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2014).

*Loeb, A., & Turner, E. L. ``Detection Technique for Artificially Illuminated Objects in the Outer Solar System and Beyond'', Astrobiology (2012).

*Moro-Martin, A., Turner, E. L. & Loeb, A. ``Will the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Detect Extra-Solar Planetesimals Entering the Solar System?'', The Astrophysical Journal (2009).

*Loeb, A., & Zaldarriaga, M. ``Eavesdropping on radio broadcasts from galactic civilizations with upcoming observatories for redshifted 21 cm radiation '', Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (2007).

Essays (all single-authored by Loeb)

*"The Play Is Note About Us", Medium (September 27, 2021)

*"How To Search for Life As We Don't Know It"?", Scientific American (September 26, 2021)

*"Rising Above the Rubble", Medium (September 24, 2021)

*"Imagination Is Not a Consequence of Formal Education", Medium (September 21, 2021)

*"The Next Sunrise Will Look Different", Medium (September 20, 2021)

*"Astronomers Should Be Willing to Look at Weird Objects on the Sky", Scientific American (August 19, 2021)

*"Will Autonomous AI Systems Replace Astronauts?", Medium (September 17, 2021)

*"Note to Branson and Bezos: Extraterrestrials Will Not Be Impressed", Scientific American (September 15, 2021)

*"The `Adults In The Room' Could Be Scientists", Medium (September 14, 2021)

*"A Sermon About Extraterrestrials", Medium (September 14, 2021)

*"Microbes, Natural Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence", Scientific American (September 4, 2021)

*"Interstellar Monuments", Scientific American (August 28, 2021)

*"Some `Defenders' of Science Might Actually Be Hurting It", Scientific American (August 22, 2021)

*"When Will We Hear From Extraterrestrials?", Scientific American (August 15, 2021)

*"To Look or Not To Look: That is the Question!", Scientific American (August 4, 2021)

*"To Understand UAP We Need Megapixel Imagery", Scientific American (August 2, 2021)

*"Announcing a New Plan for Solving the Mystery of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena", Scientific American (July 26, 2021)

*"How to Tell if Extraterrestrial Visitors are Friend or Foe?", Scientific American (July 12, 2021)

*"How Humanity Can Earn the Respect of Extraterrestrials", Scientific American (July 3, 2021)

*"Why Is Anomalous Evidence So Unpopular?", Scientific American (June 28, 2021)

*"Scientists Should Identify the Unidentified in the Pentagon Report", The Hill (June 25, 2021)

*"What We Can Learn from Studying UFOs", Scientific American (June 24, 2021)

*"A Possible Link Between Oumuamua and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena", Scientific American (June 22, 2021)

*"How to Detect Heat from Extraterrestrial Probes in Our Solar System", Scientific American (June 17, 2021)

*"Searching for City Lights On Other Planets", Scientific American (June 13, 2021)

*"Death By a Primordial Black Hole", Scientific American (June 6, 2021)

*"Defenses That Hurt Science", Scientific American (June 4, 2021)

*"Creative Thinking in both Science and the Arts is not for the Faint of Heart", Scientific American (June 3, 2021)

*"A Fresh Approach to SETI", Book Chapter (June 1, 2021)

*"Maybe Dark Matter Is More Thank One Thing", Scientific American (May 30, 2021)

*"What To Do When Extraterrestrials Show Up?", Boston Globe (May 28, 2021)

*"How to Avoid a Cosmic Catastrophe", Scientific American (May 23, 2021)

*"When Scientific Orthodoxy Resembles Religious Dogma", Scientific American (May 17, 2021)

*"Stars that Race Through Space at Nearly the Speed of Light", Scientific American (May 1, 2021)

*"What To Do When ETs Show Up?", The Hill (May 4, 2021)

*"Scientists Should Never Stop Being Students/", Scientific American (April 23, 2021)

*"How Much Time Does Humanity Have Left?", Scientific American (April 20, 2021)

*"What Should We Do If Extraterrestrials Show Up?", Scientific American (April 15, 2021)

*"When Did Life First Emerge in the Universe?", Scientific American (April 4, 2021)

*"How To Photograph a Possible Alien Artifact", Scientific American (March 22, 2021)

*"Was the Interstellar Object `Oumuamua a Nitrogen Iceberg?", Scientific American (March 19, 2021)

*"To Qualify as `Scientific', Evidence Has to Be Reproducible", Scientific American (March 1, 2021)

*"The Shrapnel that Killed the Dinosaurs", Scientific American (February 16, 2021)

*"Scientific Knowledge is Always Good", Scientific American (February 16, 2021)

*"Did a Supermassive Black Hole Influence the Evolution of Life on Earth", Scientific American (January 31, 2021)

*"ET and Arecibo", Pioneer Works (January 27, 2021)

*"Experimental Tests of Theology", Scientific American (January 26, 2021)

*"Why Do We Assume that Extraterrestrials Might Want to Visit Us?", Scientific American (December 21, 2021)

*"Message from Our nearest Star?", Scientific American (January 12, 2020)

*"The Cosmic Dawn of Technology", Scientific American (December 28, 2020)

*"Let's Search for Alien Probes, not Just Alien Signals", Scientific American (December 22, 2020)

*"Endless Creation Out of Nothing", Scientific American (December 12, 2020)

*"Noah's Spaceship", Scientific American (November 30, 2020)

*"Our Conversation with the Sky", Pioneer Works (November 22, 2020)

*"Living Near A White Dwarf", Scientific American (October 30, 2020)

*"Searching for the Atoms of Life", Scientific American (October 20, 2020)

*"The Empty Half of the Glass May Also Be Full" (Novemebr 14, 2020)

*"Risk Taking Should Be Mainstream In Science" (October 8, 2020)

*"Life and Fate", Inference (September 30, 2020)

*"Nature's Splendor Exceeds Our Imagination", Scientific American (September 29, 2020)

*"Life Near a White Dwarf", Scientific American (September 29, 2020)

*"Social Distancing on a Cosmic Scale", Scientific American (September 23, 2020)

*"The Dangers of Intellectual Territorialism", Scientific American (August 31, 2020)

*"The Hawking Limit", Scientific American (September 14, 2020)

*"What if We Could Live for a Million Years?", Scientific American (August 16, 2020)

*"My Recent Encounters with Rocks", Personal Diary (August 12, 2020)

*"A Movie of the Evolving Universe is Potentially Scary", Scientific American (August 2, 2020)

*"Beware of Theories of Everything", Scientific American (May 20, 2020)

*"The End of Time Could Be Of Our Own Making", Inference (May 18, 2020)

*"Visionary Science Takes More than Just Technical Skills", Scientific American (May 25, 2020)

*"A Sobering Astronomical Reminder from COVID-19", Scientific American (April 18, 2020)

*"Why the Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge Will Never End", Scientific American (April 6, 2020)

*"Surfing a Supernova", Scientific American (February 3, 2020)

*"Darwinian Survival Favors Generalists", Scientific American (January 9, 2020)

*"The Simple Truth About Physics", Scientific American (January 1, 2020)

*"A Tale of Three Frontiers", Scientific American (December 18, 2019)

*"Can the Universe Provide Us with the Meaning of Life?", Scientific American (November 18, 2019)

*"Space Archaeology", Atmos magazine (November 8, 2019)

*"Science is Not About Getting More Likes", Scientific American (October 8, 2019)

*"Essential Advice for Fledgling Scientists", Scientific American (December 2, 2019)

*"What Will We Do When the Sun Gets Too Hot for Earth's Survival?", Scientific American (November 25, 2019)

*"Did Life from Earth Escape the Solar System Eons Ago?", Scientific American (November 4, 2019)

*"The Moon as a Fishing Net for Extraterrestrial Life", Scientific American (September 25, 2019)

*"The Only Thing That Remains Constant Is Change", Scientific American (September 6, 2019)

*"Science as a Way of Life", Scientific American (August 14, 2019)

*"What is the One Thing You Would Change About the World?", Harvard Gazette (July 1, 2019)

*"It Takes a Village to Declassify an Error Bar", Scientific American (July 3, 2019)

*"In Search of Green Dwarfs", Scientific American (June 3, 2019)

*"`Oumuamua's Cousin?", Scientific American (May 6, 2019)

*"When Lab Experiments Carry Theological Implications", Scientific American (April 22, 2019)

*"The Humanities of the Future", Scientific American (March 22, 2019)

*"Living Near A Supermassive Black Hole", Scientific American (March 11, 2019)

*"Are We Really the Smartest Kid on the Cosmic Block?", Scientific American (March 4, 2019)

*"Be Kind to Extraterrestrials", Scientific American (February 15, 2019)

*"Q&A" (January 25, 2019)

*"Advanced Extraterrestrials as an Approximation to God", Scientific American (January 26, 2019)

*"Our Future in Space Will Echo Our Future on Earth", Scientific American (January 10, 2019)

*"How to Approach the Problem of `Oumuamua", Scientific American (December 19, 2018)

*"Six Strange Facts About the First Interstellar Visitor, `Oumuamua", Scientific American (November 20, 2018)

*"Seeking the Truth When the Consensus is Against You", Scientific American (November 9, 2018)

*"On `Oumuamua" (November 5, 2018)

*"Why a Mission to a Visiting Interstellar Object Could Be Our Best Bet for Finding Aliens", Gizmodo (October 31, 2018)

*"Making the Church Taller", Scientific American (October 18, 2018)

*"Searching for Relics of Dead Civilizations", Scientific American (September 27, 2018)

*"The Power of Anomalies", Scientific American (August 28, 2018)

*"Theoretical Physics is Pointless without Experimental Tests", Scientific American (August 10, 2018)

*"Sailing on Light", Forbes magazine (August 8, 2018)

*"Science is an Infinite-Sum Game", Scientific American (July 31, 2018)

*"Are Alien Civilizations Technologically Advanced?" Scientific American (January 8, 2018)

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