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    Is this an asteroid or...???

    Check out this report and related animation. This object is highly metallic and cigar-shaped. There is also a big red spot in the middle of it.

    What do you think it is???

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techn...BFpgWs?ocid=sf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Check out this report and related animation. This object is highly metallic and cigar-shaped. There is also a big red spot in the middle of it.

    What do you think it is???

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techn...BFpgWs?ocid=sf
    Thanks for posting...

    Interesting Hawaiian name they gave to it: Oumuamua meaning "Messenger from afar arriving first".

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasperParks View Post
    Thanks for posting...

    Interesting Hawaiian name they gave to it: Oumuamua meaning "Messenger from afar arriving first".
    Thatís a VERY interesting name theyíve given it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Check out this report and related animation. This object is highly metallic and cigar-shaped. There is also a big red spot in the middle of it.

    What do you think it is???

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techn...BFpgWs?ocid=sf
    WOW!
    At this point it resembles Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama . . .

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendezvous_with_Rama

    Rendezvous with Rama is a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C. Clarke first published in 1973. Set in the 2130s, the story involves a 50-kilometre (31 mi) cylindrical alien starship that enters Earth's solar system. The story is told from the point of view of a group of human explorers who intercept the ship in an attempt to unlock its mysteries



    Wouldn't be the fist time Clarke predicted an event of this sort . . .

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    Oumuamua was was featured on Coast-to-Coast last night with the following quoted from their C2C website:

    For the first time ever, astronomers have observed an object that entered our solar system from the outside and the odd asteroid is quite remarkable.
    Spotted by researchers in Hawaii, the weird 'visitor' boasts a strange, elongated shape where the quarter-mile length of the asteroid appears to be around ten times its width.
    This is particularly amazing to astronomers who say that the ratio is seven times greater than anything seen in the past.
    Although such objects have long been theorized to exist coming into and out of solar system, the newfound asteroid constitutes confirmation of that hypothesis.
    Researchers are now scrambling to observe the asteroid since they believe it could provide tremendous insight into the formation of objects around stars other than our sun.
    In a nod to the location from which the asteroid was discovered, it was given the name 'Oumuamua, which is Hawaiian for "messenger from afar arriving first."
    UFO enthusiasts concerned that perhaps the interstellar object is not an asteroid at all and, in fact, an alien invader can rest easy knowing that 'Oumuamua is already headed away from the Earth and en route to leave our solar system in the next few years.
    So either the object really is an asteroid that is simply passing through our solar system or the alien scout ship took one look at Earth and concluded that an invasion really wasn't worth the trouble.”

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    Perhaps the most interesting thing about this statement is the observation that no other object has ever been spotted that exceede a length to width ratio of 1.4:1. Ouamuamua has a length to width ratio of 10:1.

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    NASA makes mentions of Oumuamua in first part of this video.


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    It would be great if we could send a probe to study this asteroid. But I think that by the time we could get one built that it would be too far away and moving too fast to catch up with.
    My inner Mulder wants to believe, but my inner Scully remains skeptical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally View Post
    It would be great if we could send a probe to study this asteroid. But I think that by the time we could get one built that it would be too far away and moving too fast to catch up with.
    Unfortunately, that is the case. But what about training Hubble on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally View Post
    It would be great if we could send a probe to study this asteroid. But I think that by the time we could get one built that it would be too far away and moving too fast to catch up with.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Unfortunately, that is the case. But what about training Hubble on it?
    Aiming Hubble at it is a great idea... I wonder why NASA doesn't do it...

    Tossing that question at them in Twitter - doubt I'll receive a response....
    Last edited by CasperParks; 11-25-2017 at 08:00 PM.

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