posted on Oct, 29 2009 @ 05:10 PM
Originally posted by Erasurehead
reply to post by ngchunter
Thanks for educating me about this topic. I find this stuff very interesting.
Do you have any plans to at least attempt to take a look at this object today? Has there been any updated news?
I have plans, subject to what my wife says, subject to how early my daughter goes down, subject to the weather, and subject to my overall level of
wakeness a day after a major late night grant application lol. /rant sorry lol. Yes, if I can I'll try to take a look, but considering that the TLE
(orbital elements) are currently off anywhere from 60-several hundred kilometers, it's possible I could miss it unless I spend all night fishing for
it. It's like trying to find a nanoscale needle in a haystack.
Most likely just space junk but wouldn't it be exciting if it turned out to be something unexpected?
Sure would, SETA studies have always interested me. It's worth a look at least.
I think about our own deep space probe missions like Voyager and think that maybe there is a chance that this could end up being a deep space probe
sent by a far away civilization to check out our solar system.
I agree; detection of a foreign automated probe is probably the best chance for alien intelligence detection there is.
*just an update: I drove through rain on the way home tonight so I don't think I'm going to risk getting the telescope wet. It doesn't much matter
since there are no TLE's published for this object for today; apparently the TLE method just isn't accurate enough to track an object like this with
such an elliptical orbit when it's this close to earth. The next time the TLE method becomes viable is Nov 1st. Unfortunately the satellite
tracking software I use with my telescope only accepts TLEs, so I'm SOL till then.
[edit on 29-10-2009 by ngchunter]