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traceur
2010-Feb-03, 04:05 PM
i'm curious to what you guys would make of this:
Hubble Detects Mysterious Spaceship-Shaped Object Traveling at 11,000MPH (http://gizmodo.com/5462539/hubble-detects-mysterious-spaceship+shaped-object-traveling-at-11000mph)
http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/421558main_hs-2010-07-a-print-540.jpg

a spaceship of aliens silly enough to throw out water, a comet that collided with something, or an intensely invested x-box commercial?

Parallax M86
2010-Feb-03, 04:47 PM
i'm curious to what you guys would make of this:
Hubble Detects Mysterious Spaceship-Shaped Object Traveling at 11,000MPH (http://gizmodo.com/5462539/hubble-detects-mysterious-spaceship+shaped-object-traveling-at-11000mph)
http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/421558main_hs-2010-07-a-print-540.jpg

a spaceship of aliens silly enough to throw out water, a comet that collided with something, or an intensely invested x-box commercial?[/QUOTE]

My guess is it's a B-Wing. :cool:

Amber Robot
2010-Feb-03, 04:48 PM
This is what Hubblesite (http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/07/) says about it:


The mystery object was discovered on January 6, 2010, by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) sky survey. The object appears so unusual in ground-based telescopic images that discretionary time on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was used to take a close-up look. The observations show a bizarre X-pattern of filamentary structures near the point-like nucleus of the object and trailing streamers of dust. This complex structure suggests the object is not a comet but instead the product of a head-on collision between two asteroids traveling five times faster than a rifle bullet. Astronomers have long thought that the asteroid belt is being ground down through collisions, but such a smashup has never before been seen.

01101001
2010-Feb-03, 04:59 PM
I think pictures of astronomical stuff, even those imaged by earth-orbit telescopes, is some distance from Space Exploration, the theme of this section, so I'll try to get a mod to move it.

As to what the "mystery" is, you maybe forgot to be a faithful follower of the BA Blog, where you can read news (instead of fantasy) such as: Hubble captures pictures of asteroid collision! (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/02/02/hubble-captures-picture-of-asteroid-collision/)

agingjb
2010-Feb-03, 05:10 PM
If the BA Blog were shadowed here, then it would be easier to be a faithful follower.

Swift
2010-Feb-03, 05:47 PM
I think pictures of astronomical stuff, even those imaged by earth-orbit telescopes, is some distance from Space Exploration, the theme of this section, so I'll try to get a mod to move it.

We'll try Astronomy, unless someone offers proof that its a spaceship. ;)

Swift
2010-Feb-03, 05:50 PM
Here (http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2010/02/space_collision_caught_on_came.html) is what the journal Nature has to say (in a blog).

The Hubble telescope has snapped the aftermath of an asteroid collision.

Great pictures.

Gigabyte
2010-Feb-03, 05:50 PM
Astronomy
It's a big Universe. Talk about it here.

Gigabyte
2010-Feb-03, 05:51 PM
Where is the other asteroid? That was my first thought.

Swift
2010-Feb-03, 05:53 PM
Where is the other asteroid? That was my first thought.
The cloud of debris is my first thought.

slang
2010-Feb-03, 06:38 PM
There is at least one earlier thread on this collision:

Something is happening in the Asteroid Belt (http://www.bautforum.com/astronomy/99596-something-happening-asteroid-belt.html)

ETA: UT: Hubble Takes A Look at Possible Asteroid Collision (http://www.universetoday.com/2010/02/02/hubble-takes-a-look-at-possible-asteroid-collision/)

UT earlier: Asteroid Collision May Have Created Comet-like Object (http://www.universetoday.com/2010/01/19/asteroid-collision-may-have-created-comet-like-object/)

I'd be surprised if BA doesn't have it, but I'm done searching. :)

EATA: Ha. Stumbled to it: BA: Hubble captures picture of asteroid collision! (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/02/02/hubble-captures-picture-of-asteroid-collision/)

Gigabyte
2010-Feb-03, 08:19 PM
Is this 2010_A2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P/2010_A2)?

sabianq
2010-Feb-03, 08:39 PM
hey! where is the proof that it is not a spaceship? [/snark]

noncryptic
2010-Feb-03, 08:42 PM
What i make of it is that you're trying to show just how silly the boulevard press can get (gizmodo is boulevard press on matters other than gizmos).
Mission accomplished.

JustAFriend
2010-Feb-04, 06:52 PM
Not gonna get excited UNTIL IT CHANGES COURSE or SLOWS DOWN....

David Mc
2010-Feb-27, 02:57 AM
It quacks like a duck so it's a comet until is stops acting like one.

Reports like "possible" and "may have" don't sound like conclusions.

Maybe of all the objects, there's one that managed to encase a lump of ice until the shell was cracked.

That's a lot better than an alien invasion.

Hot Sexy Jupiter
2010-Feb-28, 11:59 AM
Looks like cylons

JustAFriend
2010-Mar-01, 02:43 AM
Four words: Where's . the . nonballistic . motion ???

(It ain't a spaceship until it acts like a spaceship...)

novaderrik
2010-Mar-01, 04:10 AM
one guy on a board i frequent used this as evidence of the coming of the End of Days- a cross in the sky- and tied it in with the 2012 nonsense.

Ara Pacis
2010-Mar-01, 05:37 AM
one guy on a board i frequent used this as evidence of the coming of the End of Days- a cross in the sky- and tied it in with the 2012 nonsense.

It's not a cross, it's an X, as in Planet X. Whoda guessed it was so small.

novaderrik
2010-Mar-02, 09:24 PM
It's not a cross, it's an X, as in Planet X. Whoda guessed it was so small.
oh, he also brought up Planet X- hence the "cross" shape in the sky.. it's all intertwined in the minds of some people..