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Rare Interstellar Traveler To Be Probed for Life

Oumuamua Asteroid

     Our solar system has a visitor. It’s cylindrical, dark and reddish, a quarter-mile long. The object won’t be staying. This fall, astronomers announced that the thing came blazing into our neck of the galaxy at speeds of up to 196,000 mph. It is now headed away as quickly as it came.
By Ben Guarino
The Washington Post
12-12-17

The object’s trajectory is so strange and its speeds are so blistering that it probably did not originate from within our solar system. Its discoverers concluded that the object is a rare interstellar traveler from beyond our solar system, the first object of its kind observed by humans.

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Some scientists, though they are swift to say ‘Oumuamua is probably natural, have not yet ruled out more extraordinary origins. “The possibility that this object is, in fact, an artificial object — that it is a spaceship, essentially — is a remote possibility,” Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Research Center, told The Washington Post on Monday.

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Giant 3-Mile-Wide Asteroid 3200-Phaethon to Shave Earth’s Orbit before Christmas

A mysterious 3-mile-wide asteroid is going to buzz our planet before Christmas.

Although NASA has classified it has a ‘potentially hazardous asteroid’ and Russian astronomers have warned that the object will fly past ‘quite close there is no chance it will hit us as it will pass 6.4 million miles from Earth on December 17, 2017.

The huge asteroid 3200 Phaethon is named after the Greek demi-god who according to the legend, borrowed the sun chariot from his father the God Helios, however, Phaethon was unable to control the horses and nearly set the Earth on fire due to the misdriving of the sun’s chariot before being killed by Zeus who was forced to kill Phaethon with a thunderbolt to avoid a disaster.

The asteroid 3200 Phaethon is the long-sought parent body of the Geminids meteor shower. The meteor shower which can be seen from December 4-16, 2017 reaching its peak around December 13 while asteroid 3200 Phaethon will also be bright enough to see in small telescopes.

Phaethon which means ‘the shining one’ will probably bring some nice fireworks in the sky.

 

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Mysterious UFO speeding across the Sky above Heathrow, London seconds ahead of a landing plane

The live feed Sky Cam from Air Live captured the moment a mysterious unidentified flying object speeding across the sky above Heathrow Airport, London before it disappeared, on November 19, 2017.

The object in the sky was just seconds ahead of a landing plane though it is not clear how far away it was from the plane.

Some people suggest it was a shooting star, while others say it was a meteor, space debris or a UFO.

Speaking to MailOnline, Clemens Rumpf, from the University of Southampton specialized in studying space debris, said: ‘My hunch is that this was a large meteor about one meter in diameter at an altitude of 30 to 70 km”, but some people disagree with the explanation give.

Whether the object was a UFO, shooting star, meteor or space debris it remains unclear what the object might have been.

 

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Mysterious Object is a Confirmed Visitor From Another Solar System | VIDEO

Oumuamua Asteroid

     A mysterious asteroid detected speeding past the sun in October has been confirmed by scientists to be a visitor from outside our solar system, the first of its kind to be detected.
By Billy Perrigo

Time
11-21-17

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Strange cigar-shaped ‘Asteroid’ is first interstellar visitor to our solar system!

Last month, the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawai’i picked up a very strange object moving across the sky. It was originally believed that the object was a comet but astronomers quickly realized it was something entirely different.

Above image shows an impression of cigar-shaped asteroid Oumuamua – European Southern Observatory / M. Kornmesser and a cigar-shaped UFO on the backside of the Moon. 

Observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope and others have shown that the object is a rocky cigar-shaped asteroid and it has been confirmed as the first ever interstellar object to enter our solar system.

The object has been dubbed ‘Oumuamua’ by the International Astronomical Union. The name means “a messenger from a far arriving first” in the language of the Central Pacific Island.

According to a European Southern Observatory (ESO) Oumuamua is like nothing seen before. It is red, made of dense rock or metal, and is shaped roughly like a giant cigar measuring up to 400 meters long and around 40 meters wide.

Oumuamua varies dramatically in brightness by a factor of ten as it spins on its axis every 7.3 hours. This unusually large variation in brightness means that the object with its complex, convolute shape, is highly elongated and may well have been wandering through the Milky Way, unattached to any star system, for hundreds of millions of years before its chance encounter with the Solar System, reports RT.

It seems to come from the direction of the star Vega. However, Vega itself moves and was not in the area when Oumuamua was last there about 300,000 years ago.

As quickly confirmed by the astronomers the object is an asteroid which became the first ever interstellar object to enter our solar system; but given the very strange shape of the object it reminds me another huge cigar-shaped ‘UFO’ object on the backside of the Moon photographed by the crew of Apollo 15 which is very similar to the cigar-shaped ‘Messenger From A Far Arriving First’!

Cigar-shaped UFO Moon – Original Apollo Image Atlas link: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS15-P-9625

This animation (annotated) shows the path of the interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 (`Oumuamua) through the Solar System. Observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope and others have shown that this unique object is dark, reddish in color and highly elongated.

 

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Fast Moving Meteor-Like Object from Space Captured by ISS Astronaut

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured a meteor-like object slam into Earth’s atmosphere and burning up over the Atlantic Ocean on November 5, 2017 from the International Space Station.

The space object, traveling at roughly 24 miles per second (40km/s), was sighted over the Atlantic Ocean, off the west coast of South Africa.

Several lightning flashes were also recorded by Nespoli as the Space Station flew from the southern Atlantic Ocean over to Kazakhstan.

 

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Fireballs in the sky over the US and Europe all captured on November 14, 2017

Several meteors lit the sky over the United States and Europe on Tuesday night.

Fireballs were captured over Phoenix, over Southern Ohio and later in the night two meteors crossed over France and the other over Germany which was seen as far away as Italy and Switserland.

Although it seems that these fireballs were at least somewhat related with the Tuarids and with the comet Encke, the fireballs that occurred in Arizona and France are not related to the Tuarids due to their origin and direction, the fireballs over Ohio and Germany were probably Tuarids.

Below videos show the fireball that flew across the Phoenix sky and captured by the Phoenix city Cam and the fireball over Southern Ohio uploaded by J. Verrico on the American Meteor Society Website.

The American Meteor Society has noted before that there has been a dramatic increase in fireball /meteor activity since the last two years.

 

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Return of the ‘Unusual Comet’ 96P spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites

The ESA and NASA mission SOHO got a visit from an old friend this week when the highly unusual comet 96P entered its field of view on Oct. 25, 2017.

The comet entered the lower right corner of SOHO’s view, and skirted up and around the right edge before leaving on Oct. 30. SOHO also spotted comet 96P in 1996, 2002, 2007 and 2012, making it the spacecraft’s most frequent cometary visitor.

At the same time, comet 96P passed through a second NASA mission’s view: STEREO that also watched the comet between October 26 and 28 from the opposite side of Earth’s orbit.

It is extremely rare for comets to be seen simultaneously from two different locations in space, and these are the most comprehensive parallel observations of comet 96P yet.

Comet 96P — also known as comet Machholz, for amateur astronomer Dan Machholz’s 1986 discovery of the comet – completes an orbit around the Sun every 5.24 years. It makes its closest approach to the Sun at a toasty 11 million miles – a very close distance for a comet.

When comet 96P appeared in SOHO’s view in 2012, amateur astronomers studying the SOHO data discovered two tiny comet fragments some distance ahead of the main body, signaling the comet was actively changing. This time around they have detected a third fragment — another breadcrumb in the trail that indicates this ‘Unusual Comet’ is still evolving.

 

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NASA Spacecraft captured Ancient Mining Machine on Asteroid Eros?

Eros is an elongated peanut-shaped .asteroid and the first discovered and second-largest near-Earth object with a mean-diameter of approximately 16.8 kilometers and named after the Greek God of Love, Eros.

Eros was one of the first asteroids visited by a spacecraft, the first one orbited, and the first one soft-landed on.

NASA spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker visited Eros first with a 1998 flyby and entered orbit around 2000, and on February 12, 2001, at the end of its mission, it landed on the asteroid’s surface using its maneuvering jets.

The above particular image of Eros, taken from the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on May 1, 2000, at an orbital altitude of 53 kilometers (33 miles), shows, according to NASA, a large rectangular boulder which is 45 meters across.

But is it really a boulder or could it be a sort of ancient mining machine?

Given the fact that data from the spacecraft collected on Eros in December 1998 suggests that it could contain 20,000 billion kilograms of aluminum and similar amounts of metals that are rare on Earth, such as gold and platinum, it is not unlikely that the so-called boulder is an mining machine that has been used by an advanced alien civilization for the extraction of all these valuable metals.

Image link: https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02905

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Asteroid Approaching!

Asteroid Approaching!

     An asteroid the size of a house is set to give Earth a close shave, and you can watch part of the space rock’s approach live online this evening (Oct. 11).
By Mike Wall
Space.com
10-11-17

The astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will air a webcast at 8 p.m. EDT tonight (0000 GMT on Oct. 12) focused on the space rock 2012 TC4, which will zoom by Earth just a few hours later. You can watch the show directly on Slooh’s website. You can also watch the webcast on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.

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