Hubble Detects Mysterious Spaceship-Shaped Object Traveling at 11,000MPH

February 5, 2010 at 8:20 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
more: In other words: They have no clue about what this is, and they are still speculating about how this object was formed. Maybe it’s time to call Dr. Zarkov. [NASA]
clipped from gizmodo.com

Hubble has discovered a mysterious X-shaped object traveling at 11,000mph. NASA says that P/2010-A2 may be a comet, product of the collision between two asteroids. Or a Klingon Bird of Prey. Either way, UCLA investigator David Jewitt is excited:

The weirdest thing, however, is not only the prettyful X-shaped debris pattern, but the fact that its 460-foot-wide nucleus is outside the dust halo and separated from the trail. This behavior is something which has never been seen before in a comet or any other solar-system-swooshing object.

“If this interpretation is correct, two small and previously unknown asteroids recently collided, creating a shower of debris that is being swept back into a tail from the collision site by the pressure of sunlight. The filamentary appearance of P/2010 A2 is different from anything seen in Hubble images of normal comets, consistent with the action of a different process.

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