The Internets have been abuzz today about a picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of P/2010-A2. NASA thinks it may be remnants of a collision of two asteroids impacting at speeds of up to 11,000mph. Twitter seems to think it’s a Klingon Bird of Prey. Either way, it’s impressive.
The complex structure of the debris is what makes astronomers think they may be seeing something new around the sun. The main nucleus of the object, P/2010 A2, is actually located outside its dust halo, something that’s never been seen in a comet-like object before.
Folks, this could be it. The Mayans predicted the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012 (the same day my friend’s student loans expire… sucks to be her). Maybe this is what they foresaw.
The science geeks at NASA really don’t have any clue as to what this thing is. Could be a comet. Could be the result of intergalactic billiards gone horribly wrong. Could be an alien invasion which will attack our most populated cities, leaving us crippled and helpless until the president makes a stirring speech and Jeff Goldblum figures out he can give it a virus with an ancient Mac that just happens to be compatible with alien technology. On the plus side, Obama does know how to give a stirring speech.
Personally, I think it looks like Toy Story was right. The earth is one big claw machine game. The Claw is our master. Nirvana is coming, the mystic portal awaits. Ooooooh.