“It’s obviously an alien probe”

The Professor has some fun with the discovery of a mystery 10m-wide Near Earth Object, 2010 AL30, which flew past today missing the Earth by about 80,000 miles – about 1/3 distance to the Moon.

DUH — IT’S OBVIOUSLY AN ALIEN PROBE. Friendly and sending back pictures? Or hostile and dropping lethal nanobots? We’ll know soon!

And I, for one, welcome our new alien nanobot overlords.From Space Weather

Discovered barely three days ago, 2010 AL30 is catalogued as a 10m-class asteroid. Curiously, however, its elliptical orbit has a period of almost exactly one year, the same as Earth. This raises the possibility that it might be a piece of some spacecraft from our own planet. NASA’s Goldstone radar in the Mojave desert was scheduled to ping 2010 AL30 between 2:20 and 4:40 UTC on Jan. 13th. The echoes should reveal the nature of this interesting passerby. Stay tuned for updates.

In Colombia, amateur astronomer Alberto Quijano Vodniza used a 14-inch Meade LX200 to record the close approach – full animation here

2010 AL30

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  • joeCanuck

    Unfortunately I can no longer hide under the bed with my dawg. My dear companion of 8 years died recently.

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    Well something unusual is happening.

    The Dup are sounding reasonable !

  • Scaramoosh

    “And I, for one, welcome our new alien nanobot overlords.”

    Why can’t you just be happy with what you have got …Sinn Fein.

  • Dewi

    “And I, for one, welcome our new alien nanobot overlords.”

    As long, of course, as they adhere to the Policing and Justice devolution timetable…

  • Greenflag

    joecanuck ,

    Commisserations on the passing of the dawg. My advice would be not to replace it with a cat. If you end up getting asteroided by a direct hit under the bed, and your dog survives , your corpus will remain intact until it’s removed . Your pet cat however will start feasting on your remains as soon as it remembers feeding time and the food bowl is empty 😉

    What this has to do with the DUP and SF I don’t know but it seems to ring a bell somewhere 😉

  • al

    If we hear no updates from NASA does that mean it is aliens?

  • Pigeon Toes
  • Skintown Lad

    I’m not having a go and I don’t pretend to have any say in the running of this place, but…

    I’m confused as to why you want to post stuff about space on a forum for discussing matters of Northern Ireland politics and culture. Granted there’s a fair few space cadets knocking about but still.

  • joeCanuck

    Skintown lad,
    I’m assuming you live in N.I.
    If so, and the skies are clear tonight, find a place away from street lights and look up.
    Maybe then you’ll understand that all does not revolve around N.I.’s petty politics.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Do they not have the sky elsewhere?

  • joeCanuck

    PT,
    Just addressing the lad’s concerns about where this fits in the N.I. context.

  • Sorry to hear about joeCanuck’s dog. As Douglas Adams revealed, our canine friends are all that stands between us and full-scale nanobot invasions.

  • Kevsterino

    Give a dog a T-Bone steak, he thinks you’re God.
    Give a cat a T-Bone steak, he thinks he’s God.

    Sorry for the loss of your dog, Joe.

  • joeCanuck

    Thank you Greenflag, Ciarán, and Kevsterino.

    I’m at a bit of a loss with the T-Bone, Kev. I frequently buy a special 16 oz one at a local roadhouse and Toby, my dawg, got the bone and about
    5 ozs. I can’t eat the whole thing!
    I miss him so much.

  • TAFKABO

    Dogs think they are human.
    Cats think they are God.
    And therein lies the difference.

    As for the regular astronomical blogs on Slugger I welcome them, it does us all good to take a look at the bigger picture on occasion, and it doesn’t get much bigger than this.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    TAFKABO: “Dogs think they are human.
    Cats think they are God.
    And therein lies the difference.”

    Nah. Cat’s know they’re not gods, else they wouldn’t run like hell at loud noises and other surprises…

    Cats are, however, con-men / con-critters of the first water and, having once upon a time convinced humans that they were gods, have enjoyed the on-going benefit of their con.

  • joeCanuck

    Sorry, Pete. I seem to have run the thread off the rails.
    Interesting points though.

  • Kevsterino

    I would also like to express my gratitude for the space posts, Pete. I’ve dabbled in astronomy since my childhood. I love how the information base has exploded in my lifetime.

    Keep looking up!

  • Greenflag

    PB .

    Per ardua ad astra