Hubble spots comet-like asteroid that looks like science fiction
It looks just like a space movie, the trail of a fast moving rocket ship from Star Trek or Star Wars. The scary part is the “thing” is in our solar system, between Mars and Jupiter. It’s moving at 17,700km/h, which is faster than a Toyota Prius fully charged.
The “thing” is only 144 million kilometers from earth. Notice it’s not light years, just 144 million kilometers.
The strange shape in the sky in January looked like a comet but on closer inspection by the Hubble telescope it looked the trail of some strange object traveling across the void.
Scientist David Jewitt from the University of California told Reuters: “The truth is we’re still struggling to understand what this means.”
NASA has a scientific explanation for the strange sight in the sky.
Pictured above, what Hubble saw indicates that P/2010 A2 is unlike any object ever seen before.
At first glance, the object appears to have the tail of a comet.
Close inspection, however, shows a 140-meter nucleus offset from the tail center, very unusual structure near the nucleus, and no discernable gas in the tail.
Knowing that the object orbits in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, a preliminary hypothesis that appears to explain all of the known clues is that P/2010 A2 is the debris left over from a recent collision between two small asteroids.
If true, the collision likely occurred at over 15,000 kilometers per hour — five times the speed of a rifle bullet — and liberated energy in excess of a nuclear bomb. Pressure from sunlight would then spread out the debris into a trailing tail.
Future study of P/2010 A2 may better indicate the nature of the progenitor collision and may help humanity better understand the early years of our Solar System, when many similar collisions occurred. NASA”
I don’t know. It might be Klingons coming to rescue William Shatner from those over-the-top TV commercials. Or maybe they just want to rap.