Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Astronomical Image of the Day

This one has got scientists baffled.
"Two small and previously unknown asteroids recently collided, creating a shower of debris that is being swept back into a tail from the collision site by the pressure of sunlight," said principal investigator David Jewitt of the University of California at Los Angeles.

The object - dubbed “P/2010 A2” after it was discovered in early January by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program sky survey - has traits similar to a comet, but the x-shape appears disconnected from the tail.

"The filamentary appearance of P/2010 A2 is different from anything seen in Hubble images of normal comets," Jewitt said.
Some folks think it looks like an X-wing fighter or a spacecraft from the Last Starfighter or Wing Commander.

It's no moon. But it isn't a space station either.

We now have a video that might be the unidentified object in action:

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