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Sky-watchers are in no doubt that it does, saying the picture of asteroid 2004 BL86 taken by NASA's Deep Space Network clearly shows a diamond-shaped craft.
However, the space agency has offered a more rational explanation, revealing that the asteroid had its own moon - something they say is extremely common.
A NASA spokesman said: "In the near-Earth population, about 16% of asteroids that are about 655 feet or larger are a binary (the primary asteroid with a smaller asteroid moon orbiting it) or even triple systems (two moons)."
Website UFO Sightings Daily wrote: "This asteroid has a UFO flying in orbit around it. We can see from the detailed photo that the craft is diamond shaped and flat.
"NASA of course goes on to say that this flat object which does not flip over end is a moon.
"Any moon this thin would be tumbling end over end. This object is keeping itself steady, flying like a ship would in space".
As soon as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released footage made from still frames captured by Deep Space Network, YouTubers offered an opinion - it was a spacecraft.
Conspiracy site UFO Sightings Dailly said, 'This asteroid has a UFO flying in orbit around it. We can see from the detailed photo that the craft is diamond shaped and flat.
'NASA of course goes on to say that this flat object which does not flip over end is a moon. Wrong! Any moon this thin would be tumbling end over end.
'This object is keeping itself steady, flying like a ship would in space.
Great catch by Streetcap1 of YouTube.'
I'm not sure what to think. I never heard of asteroids having moons before that picture in 2013.
Asteroids sometimes do have “moons,” or satellites smaller than themselves, and this makes them so-called binary asteroids. In fact, astronomers have even discovered three-member asteroid systems, as it’s assuming that even more elaborate setups exists somewhere out there.
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: Skywatcher2011
Website UFO Sightings Daily wrote
To be fair that site did not originate this.
They are reporting the reaction of viewers without exaggeration.
The other thing I find strange is why does the object orbiting that asteroid do not cast any shadow and seems to be completely bright?