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Originally posted by Afterthought
If this NEO does end up being a piloted space craft - I guess that would mean that worm holes don't exist within our solar system.
That's about the only definite idea I can come up with if this is indeed a ship being flown towards Earth.
Originally posted by sprocket2cog
i bet when they get here the first thing they ask, is do you still have McDonald's???
Originally posted by AshOnMyTomatoes
I have been hearing more and more nonsense about Elenin lately, so I thought I'd post my thoughts on the subject.
I am a student of astronomy. I do research for the professor of Astronomy at my university, who is funded through, among other sources, NASA's Goddard Institute, specifically the Astrobiology division. They are mainly interested in the origins of life, and the possibility of life outside of Earth.
My professor has two main fields of expertise; young stellar disks, and comets. The two subjects are closely related, as comets are thought to form the same time a solar system is forming. Comets are a prime candidate for being the source of the volatile chemicals (including water) that made life possible on Earth, and since comets are assumed to form in all solar systems, it's natural to assume that other stars have comets full of volatiles whizzing around them.
As a research student, I study images taken from telescopes (generally Earth-bound ones) and analyze the chemical content. I've even had the opportunity to travel to a major telescope and observe a comet first-hand.
This fall, my professor will once again be booking time on a telescope to observe comet Elenin. This time next year, I'll be analyzing data from this observation. It is not a space ship. It is not a dwarf star. It is absolutely a comet, and by the end of next year, there will be dozens of papers written on its chemical content, its orbital path, and myriad other details. I can personally attest, Elenin is a perfectly normal comet, and I promise the ATS community, if I hear anything unusual about this comet from NASA-funded scientists who will be directly observing it during its approach to Earth, I will let you know. Don't hold your breath.