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Hubble sees asteroid spouting six comet-like tails

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posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 11:10 AM
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This science and research is in it's infancy, but I see that questions and theories are getting better.



"Are all these comets made of the same type of material or are they different?" he asks. "If they're composed of different materials, they may have different spectral signatures, and our preliminary work on Jupiter-family comets and Halley-type comets shows that this may be true.” Abell wants to know why that may be the case, and wonders if it may be something to do with the initial conditions of their formation regions or due to the different environments in which they spend most of their time – that is, nature or nurture?


www.astronomynow.com...

astronomynow.com...
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posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 11:17 AM
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Extremely interesting. Thank you.

But this is an asteroid.



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 11:37 AM
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Chamberf=6
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Extremely interesting. Thank you.

But this is an asteroid.


Perhaps, perhaps not. Let's wait to see what transpires.




Perihelion, "six tails"[edit]



The comet reached perihelion about March 1, 1744, when it was 0.2 astronomical units from the sun.[1] At about this time it was bright enough to be observed in daylight with the naked eye.[5] As it moved away from perihelion, a spectacular tail developed — extending well above the horizon while the comet's head remained invisible due to the morning twilight. In early March 1744, Chéseaux and several other observers reported an extremely unusual phenomenon — a 'fan' of six separate tails rose above the horizon.[5]


en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 11:40 AM
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This object is so odd looking that Dr. David Jewitt, its discoverer, is somewhat restrained in his endorsement of the idea that it is caused by an asteroid spinning itself to pieces. Says he: 'I'm open to the possibility that this explanation is completely wrong. It is possible that there is an explanation we haven't thought of yet, and that might be even more interesting'. This quote comes from the article, linked below.
This same article has a gallery of five images of the object at the top. The fifth of these shows the two images from the Hubble Space Telescope, made on Sept. 10th and 23rd. The direction of the Sun is indicated. The tails are labeled a. through f.
We're told that pressure from the solar wind would be smearing out dust from the object into the tails. Odd then, it seems, that tails b. and c. appear to extend outward at right angles to the direction of the Sun, and that tail a. seems to point somewhat toward the Sun, rather than away from it.
www.latimes.com...
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posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 11:54 AM
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Yeah, a very odd abject that needs a lot more study to be sure.



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 12:18 PM
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Chamberf=6

All Seeing Eye
Looks absolutely Divine. Say, where is this "Thing" , in relationship with Ceres?


I would think it's relation to Ceres would change constantly.
What would make you think this? Is this "Thing" in a trajectory through the asteroid belt, or "Anchored" in, the asteroid belt.

It may make a huge difference to what it is, and what it isn't.



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 12:31 PM
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The asteroid belt itself moves in an elliptical orbit, so the object's relation to Ceres would move too.



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 12:36 PM
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Could it be electrical plasma discharge?




posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 12:46 PM
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wildespace
A rapid rotation sounds reasonable. It could also be some hidden deposits of ice that somehow got exposed to the vacuum and sun's heat. That could've happened due to gravitational tug from other bodies in the Solar System, an impact, or even the Sun's activity.

Regardless, it will be interesting to learn the chemical makeup of the expelled material though spectroscopy.

Electric Universe crowd will jump on this as the evidence of plasma discharges, but why would an asteroid that existed where it is for millions or even billions of years show this activity? It's electric charge should have long been stabilised.


Maybe there is a metal core that remains stationary, while a liquid water mantle with metal rocks and an icy/dusty crust. Then the rotational motion generates an electric current that heats up the water and causes jets of fast moving steam.



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 12:52 PM
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Chamberf=6
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The asteroid belt itself moves in an elliptical orbit, so the object's relation to Ceres would move too.
it is a given that the Asteroid belt rotates around the sun. It is a given that Ceres rotates around the sun in the asteroid belt. Is this "Thing" rotating around the sun, in the asteroid belt, or is it passing through the asteroid belt. And, how far is this thing from Ceres. Opposite side of asteroid belt? Same side as Ceres?



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 01:12 PM
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Obviously Gamera in outerspace.




posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 02:53 PM
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the "Blue Kachina" of hopi lore?



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 03:12 PM
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I have repeatedly debated with a few know it all, scientific hyper bloated egos here on ATS about how some of these comets, or asteroids, are not always alike.

Of course I got the same old regurgitated reckless speculation argument which was that they base all their theories on past observations.

Well, apparently their brilliant hypotheses just turned out to be crap. Who knows what this thing could be. ~$heopleNation
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posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 03:23 PM
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wildespace
A rapid rotation sounds reasonable. It could also be some hidden deposits of ice that somehow got exposed to the vacuum and sun's heat. That could've happened due to gravitational tug from other bodies in the Solar System, an impact, or even the Sun's activity.

Regardless, it will be interesting to learn the chemical makeup of the expelled material though spectroscopy.

Electric Universe crowd will jump on this as the evidence of plasma discharges, but why would an asteroid that existed where it is for millions or even billions of years show this activity? It's electric charge should have long been stabilised.


It is unlikely jets of gas, gas is diffuse and should blurr the image and leave a trail of debris behind the asteroid, right.... you would see the dust trail along it's orbit. And why would dust light up? I have not read the paper u posted wildspace but it seems to me that it's odd that it would reflect enough light from the sun to be visible if there is no electrical process involved.

Time to google that I guess.....




As a comet gets closer to the sun, the ice on the surface of the nucleus begins turning into gas, forming a cloud known as the coma. Radiation from the sun pushes dust particles away from the coma, forming a dust tail, while charged particles from the sun convert some of the comet's gases into ions, forming an ion tail. Since comet tails are shaped by sunlight and the solar wind, they always point away from the sun.

The nuclei of most comets are thought to measure 10 miles (16 km) or less. Some comets have comas that can reach nearly 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) wide, and some have tails reaching 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) long.

We can see a number of comets with the naked eye when they pass close to the sun because their comas and tails reflect sunlight or even glow because of energy they absorb from the sun.


If all the "tails" on the comment are not facing away from the sun then could this call into question the coma process in standard comets?




We constantly travel to new space as a system. The entire solar system has been experiencing changes, from orbital changes to atmospheric ones.


Besides, we all know the real cause right....obviously aliens are having a rave in the asteroid belt.

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posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 03:52 PM
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Looks like a super ghetto bird spotlighting the hood.
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posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 03:56 PM
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SheopleNation "their brilliant hypotheses just turned out to be crap. Who knows what this thing could be."



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 04:14 PM
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RoScoLaz

SheopleNation "their brilliant hypotheses just turned out to be crap. Who knows what this thing could be."



Speaking of brilliance, What a contribution to the discussion. Man, you're resourceful. Keep up the good work guy!
~$heopleNation
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posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 04:18 PM
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I've found nothing that tells of this object's distance from Ceres. Some of the more recent articles are saying they are unsure if it is an asteroid or comet, so who knows? Some are saying it may be a MBC (Main Belt Comet). They are still trying to figure this thing out.

Just out of curiosity, though, why the fascination with Ceres and how it relates to this object?

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posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 04:27 PM
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Is there any way to find out what the material is being seen ejected or released from this object, from EA*RTH?



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 04:38 PM
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They say the object is near Mars, yet this is as detailed an image the Hubble can pick up?

I know everything is thinking it, but not saying it for fear of being labeled a "nut", but come on, what other objects that we are aware of do this in space? Spacecraft that's what. NASA even says the jets are activating at different times. This thing is either being controlled or is controlling itself. Perhaps it's a new form of life? Who are we to rule out any ideas that come from the great void?
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