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Old October 27, 2017, 20:51   #1
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A/2017 U1 on final approach

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter.

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A visitor from interstellar space has likely been spotted in our solar system for the first time ever.
The object, known as A/2017 U1, was detected last week by researchers using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii.
"We have been waiting for this day for decades," Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. [Solar System Explained from the Inside Out (Infographic)]
https://www.space.com/38580-interste...d-mystery.html

If this does disgorge landing craft as it nears our atmosphere and you have not been following the TechIntel comments in the basement, remember that the .30 M2 AP projectile will penetrate their carapaces.

That is all. Good luck.
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Old October 27, 2017, 21:32   #2
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No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter.

"War of the Worlds" opening lines written by H.G.Wells a long time ago.
Also used in Jeff Wayne's classic "Forever Autumn" album a couple of decades ago.
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Old October 28, 2017, 04:50   #3
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And nobody bothered to put a probe on it...

I guess what Trump was going to tweet next was much more important as far as our quest for understanding how the universe works is concerned...
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Old October 28, 2017, 21:28   #4
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The hell with their carapace, will it take out their dilithium crystals???

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Old October 29, 2017, 19:11   #5
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The hell with their carapace, will it take out their dilithium crystals???
Don't come crying to me when they want to use you as one of their egg incubators.

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Old November 21, 2017, 02:07   #6
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Astronomers are still debating the origins of the first confirmed interstellar object to pass through our solar system, now known as 1I/2017 U1 (`Oumuamua). But an international observing team of professional astronomers says that this highly-elongated, 400-meter long asteroid may well have been wandering through the galaxy unattached to any star system for hundreds of millions of years. That is, long before its wholly unexpected encounter with our own solar system.
This artist’s impression shows the first interstellar asteroid: `Oumuamua. This unique object was discovered on 19 October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawai`i. Subsequent observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that it was travelling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. `Oumuamua seems to be a dark red highly-elongated metallic or rocky object, about 400 metres long, and is unlike anything normally found in the Solar System.
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Discovered only a month ago by astronomers using the Pan-STARRs1 telescope in Hawaii, an international team led by astronomer Karen Meech has made detailed measurements of its properties. “This thing is very strange, with a complex, convoluted shape,” Meech, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, said in a statement.
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Its name comes from a Hawaiian term for messenger or scout. Indeed, it is the first space rock to have been identified as forming around another star. Since asteroids coalesce during the process of planet formation, this object can tell us something about the formation of planets around its unknown parent star.
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It is thought to be an extremely dark object, absorbing 96% of the light that falls on its surface, and it is red. This colour is the hallmark of organic (carbon-based) molecules. Organic molecules are the building blocks of the biological molecules that allow life to function.
It is widely thought that the delivery of organic molecules to the early Earth by the collision of comets and asteroids made life here possible. ’Oumuamua shows that the same could be possible in other solar systems.
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And nobody bothered to put a probe on it....
Looks like we couldn't catch it if we tried.


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To find out, Ars turned to the Advance Concepts Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The office's manager, Mark Rogers, spoke to Ars, as did one of his mission planners, Larry Kos. It turns out they were curious, too, and had done some preliminary calculations on the possibility of intercepting 'Oumuamua.
The short answer is, unfortunately, we are too late now with our existing technology. Although 'Oumuamua is moving at a velocity of 26km/s, factoring in Earth's velocity vector, the delta-v between a spacecraft in Earth orbit and the object is closer to 60km/s. "Chemical propulsion just doesn’t close the case in this scenario," Rogers said. "It’s not feasible."
But what if NASA had worked feverishly after detection of the object on October 19 and already sent a probe into space? The problem with our primary propulsion methods is that, while chemical rockets are very good at getting stuff out of Earth's orbit, they're gas guzzlers in space. Most of our existing in-space propulsion systems are based on chemicals, and they need a lot of fuel—often hydrogen—to move a spacecraft about. In this case, Kos calculated the specific impulse needed to catch 'Oumuamua at about 450 seconds.
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Another option, if we'd been able to see 'Oumuamua sooner, would have been to fly a spacecraft out to the closest intercept point, about 60 times the distance between the Earth and Moon. Unfortunately, 'Oumuamua was not found until five days after this closest flyby. Because of the object's hyperbolic orbit, it did not move much crosswise relative to the stellar background as it made its closest approach to the Sun on September 9 and then moved toward Earth.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017...p-to-oumuamua/

Soooo... wonder what it dropped off.






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Why the artist rendition at wikipedia makes reminds me of the Rama spacecraft, the evil spacecrafts from Riddick, or a space dildo?
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See? Russian billionaires know what time it is.

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Astronomers are set to scan an 'alien' comet for signs of extraterrestrial technology.
The cigar-shaped asteroid, named 'Oumuamua by its discoverers, sailed past Earth last month and is the first interstellar object seen in the solar system.
A team of alien-hunting scientists, led by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, will scan the comet this week before it sails beyond the reach of Earth's telescopes.
They say they are looking for radio signals, claiming the mysterious visitor could be an alien spaceship.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...#ixzz511E9HDJs

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Heard them play (under a different name) at CBGB's in 1981.


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"War of the Worlds" opening lines written by H.G.Wells a long time ago.
Also used in Jeff Wayne's classic "Forever Autumn" album a couple of decades ago.
A real favorite. Richard Burton, Phil Lynott, et al, a real masterpiece.

Wayne redid the album recently with Liam Neeson doing the narration that Burton did in the original. Some interesting small tweaks done and a little better mastering. Definitely worth having both. Wayne also did a live "Broadway" type tour of the new version in the UK.

But, the name of both albums is "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds " "Forever Autumn" is the name of the very pretty track sung by Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. The track sure sounds like the Moodies, but only Hayward is credited.
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