October 30, 2017

Obviously Its Reporting Back to the Mother Ship

While many of us were distracted, a new comet (C 2017/U1 PANSTARRS) was observed. After a bit of math, it was realized that the "comet" was moving faster than solar system escape velocity, meaning that it had to be an extra-solar object passing through our system.

One of The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes has some...comettary.

There's more on this neat story, herehere, and here

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 07:02 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 I just saw something about this this morning.  Very cool.

Unfortunately the same fact that makes it interesting - that it comes from outside the solar system - means that it's moving far too fast for us to reach it even with a flyby mission.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Oct 30 19:57:36 2017 (PiXy!)

2 ...unless it slows down, in which case we need to name it Rama and I'm going to drink very heavily.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Tue Oct 31 19:38:08 2017 (i5Suc)

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