Like something out of a science fiction blockbuster, a tiny blip of light was seen to be moving through the sky by the PanSTARRS1 telescope in Hawaii, it was only discovered about a month ago. Many are now suggesting the this strange moving object is potentially ‘alien’ of origin.
Understandably the vast amount of number-crunching which followed was automatic. The results were unusual to say the very least, in fact they were that strange that some of the worlds leading scientists and Astronomers have been left scratching their heads!
The mysterious C/2017 U1?
This strange unknown object is in an incredibly odd position and it is moving very VERY fast. And it’s in what appears to be a somewhat extreme orbit. Extreme enough not to actually be an orbit, in fact.
Some have suggested that the world’s power have far more insight into this mysterious object than they make out, leading many many to believe that this could possibly be ‘alien technology’ or some kind of unknown space rock/ice heading towards planer earth!?
Observations published by the by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center (MPC) suggest it could have come from deep space.
Specifically, it could be a comet that has escaped another star.
“If further observations confirm the unusual nature of this orbit, this object may be the first clear case of an interstellar comet,” the MPC declares.
SO….WHAT IS C/2017 U1??
The impressive PanSTARRS telescope had apparently only spotted the strange deep space object only after it was flung back out towards the stars by our Sun. According to top scientists and astronomers it is not likely to ever return. It flashed past Earth at 24 million kilometres on October 14.
Many scientific eyes watched it closely, very keen to determine exactly what this object was. Their curiosity was piqued by where it had come from. Perhaps this object was some kind of alien technology, searching the universe for other inhabited planets !?
Both its extreme hyperbolic eccentricity of 1.19, which is essentially its path through the Solar System, and its very high inclination of 122° compared with Earth’s orbit around the Sun, are making astronomers think this is a visitor.
In other words, if you think of the orbits of the planets in our Solar System arranged in a disc shape, A/2017 U1 has raced in from almost directly overhead, and is now flying out of sight again – almost feels like something was coming in for a ‘closer look’?
Most objects orbiting our Sun do so along a common plane: the planets, dwarf planets and asteroids mostly swing around in roughly the same way.
This strange object appears to have come down on the plane from 122 degrees, from the direction of the star Vega, in the constellation Lyra. And its path did not indicate the curved ellipse typical of clockwork-like returning comets.
Best guesstimates make it a comet of about 160m diameter, with a surface reflectivity (albedo) of about 10 per cent – remember this ONLY a guesstimation and nobody actually knows whether or not this is a comet or asteroid!
A DEEP SPACE WANDERER?
This bizarre object has just been through an extremely close call (in Solar System terms). The object came within 38 million km of our star before its momentum and the Sun’s gravity hurled it back outward – many have suggested that if this was some kind of alien technology, perhaps it is using stars on its journey to fuel its energy!?
Even stranger is that normally such a close pass by a star would be fatal. But (where it gets even stranger) C/2017U1 was travelling far too fast for the Sun’s heat to actually consume it – It was moving at 26km per second when first observed!! Now that’s quick.
Top Scientists and the worlds leading Astronomers are now attempting to refine their observations and data to pinpoint exactly where it came from. If this object is truly is of interstellar origin, then the next task will be to find which star it is likely to have come from – this is if it come from a star?
At this very moment in time the mysterious object appears to be somewhere in the direction of the star Vega.
What makes this whole situation even crazier than what it already is, is the fact that this object was suddenly classed as a Comet and then an asteroid and now……nobody truly knows!?
Questions are now being asked, why did it turn back after reaching the solar system? Is this normal behaviour for asteroids, comets or whatever else this could be? The answer is simply NO!
Well here is yet another story that the media try to keep rather quiet about! And it is not a surprise that this is being kept silent as there as yet is NO 100% explanation as to what this mysterious object could actually be.
If this story seems far-fetched then it really isn’t as we have sent out our very own probe like crafts, like the Voyager 1 which was launched out in space in 1977 and now MANY millions and millions of miles away from earth – whose to say that some far advanced alien civilisation didn’t send out this potential probe way before the human race ever existed!?
This is not the first time that strange objects have been spotted by top astronomers, some of which have even been illustrated as some kind of alien looking crafts (please see previous article below!).
The Universe is infested with life, so it will be interesting to see whether this is an alien probe or something else. One thing is for sure this particular objects trajectory makes one assume that it was perfectly designed to make a close fly by of our solar system.
Something been sent to watch us?
30 October 2017
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