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Alien Artifacts In The Solar System?
In late 1991 a strange object approached and passed within celestial spitting distance of the Earth, causing surprise, and some disquiet, among astronomers before vanishing back into the depths of space. The object was catalogued as “1991 VG,” and to this day it remains a mystery.
Spotted on November 6, 1991, by astronomer Jim Scotti, 1991 VG was initially thought to be an NEO—a Near Earth Object, probably an asteroid, of which there are many that periodically pass by too close for comfort and of which the public is blissfully unaware. At the time of discovery, 1991 VG was approximately 2,046,000 miles from Earth and heading inbound rapidly. Scotti, who was tracking with the small Spacewatch telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona, described it as a “fast- moving asteroidal object.”
Continued observation revealed that the object did not appear to be an asteroid, or at least it didn’t behave like one. For instance, it had a tendency to “wink”: to become roughly three times brighter, then dark again, every seven and one-half minutes, behavior akin to that of a rotating artificial satellite. This led to speculation that 1991 VG was perhaps an expended rocket booster drifting through interplanetary space, maybe even an old Saturn V booster from the Apollo moon-launch days of the late 1960s and early ’70s. continues www.anomalies.net
For those who don't remember what 1991 VG was, I discovered
this object on 1991 November 6 with the Spacewatch Telescope on Kitt Peak.
It was a magnitude V=20.7 object moving with rates typical of a Near-Earth
Asteroid (NEA), namely 0.695 degrees/day of longitude westward and about
0.25 degrees/day of latitude southward. That's about 0.3 deg/day faster
in longitude than the fastest one would expect a "run-of-the-mill" Main
Belt (MB) asteroid to move, so as soon as I confirmed that object was
real, I knew it was an object of interest - just how interesting came
later! Since it was moving pretty fast, I assumed it must be somewhat
close (we often see NEAs near aphelion in the asteroid belt but they move
at rates closer to, but still significantly different than the MBs), so on
November 7, I planned to get 2 observations of the object, one set early
and another late to make use of the parallax caused by the Earth's
One prime piece of unreal estate for human exploration, Durda said, is asteroid 1991 VG. It passed about 1.2 lunar distances of Earth in December of 1991. The orbit of this tiny world is very Earth-like.
Outbound and return trek times involving asteroid 1991 VG would each be in the neighborhood of 15 days. Once at the body, a crew could study the space rock for 30 days. The entire mission would take about two months, "well within our experience base when you consider the stay times that we become accustomed to for International Space Station (ISS) expeditions," Durda said.
Originally posted by orby1976
It's a shame nasa doesn't have you working for them
you could solve all the mysteries puzzling scientist in 30 seconds.
A rock heading towards earth, then changes course, to align itself with earths orbit for a while before moving off.
Wow that's some rock