Strange Phenomena: Attack of the Near-Earth Objects

In the wake of the the horrific Hatian Earthquake that occurred yesterday, news sources have been alerting people around the world to the extremities of the disaster at hand. Please take time today to send thoughts and prayers to those who have been devastated by this terrible act of nature, and consider helping with relief efforts in some capacity, for which coordination will begin in the days to come.

In the meantime, while damage repair takes place here on Terra Firma, Space.com reported on a series of two “strange near-Earth objects” that drifted close to home in the wee hours Wednesday morning. Due to several strange elements pertaining to the object’s path (at present, it is believed to be an asteroid), there was nonetheless speculation that it may have been “artificial,” likely a satellite or portion of some other man-made craft sent into orbit in the past.

Those of you who own amateur skywatching equipment haven’t missed your opportunity yet, however. 2010 AL30, as the object has been called, “is not the only space rock passing relatively close by Earth this week,” the website confirms. “Another recently discovered object, known as 2010 AG30, will zip by the planet on Thursday. But that asteroid is about 43 feet (13 meters) wide, and will pass by at a comfortable distance of about 650,000 miles (1 million km) from Earth, NASA scientists said.”

Sightings of such objects no doubt lend themselves to theories and speculation involving UFOs. For instance, back in 2006, an unusual (and unidentified) object seen orbiting near the Space Shuttle caused so much concern that a landing was postponed temporarily. The report read as follows:

No one knows what it is

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Strange Phenomena: Attack of the Near-Earth Objects — 3 Comments

  1. Well, we’re still here… so lets carry on 🙂

    Aldrin’s declaration has always struck me as a bit odd. It could be debated whether the Apollo 11 crew acted irresponsibly with their ‘over-cautiosness’ to report the anomalous object, or not. Because even though they were aware millions of people would get to hear whatever words they would say, the fact is that they didn’t *know* what the object was, and if said object could prove to be a hazard to the mission

  2. It is interesting that astronomers who actually know nothing at all about these objects other than analytical data, would like to tell us ‘what’ they are (i.e. assign identity to them). This is, approximately equivalent to showing your prowess in knowledge and analysis by proclaiming that ‘the author of this email was most likely a human being’. Such is often the power of science in the face of the almost completely unknown (Nature/Creation).

    Now, if you actually wanted to know something about the author of this post (a rather silly goal), you would have to leave scientists out of it

  3. P.s. I should add that this case is still an evolving mystery, and that many of the elements of my above posting may change or be transformed by further information from non-expert sources. Perhaps most importantly, I cannot speak for the Navaho