In an image taken from a telescope at the Steward Observatory at the Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, the massive object is accidently captured in this photograph of the barred spiral galaxy Messier 91 (M91), which lies in the constellation of Coma Berenices. Credit (sans bug): Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
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TUCSON, ARIZONA -- After yesterday’s accidental discovery of a massive bug-like object looming at the edge of our solar system, the debate rages on whether the object is a super-sized life form from another solar system or galaxy, or an incredible machine built by a superintelligent species from an alien planet.
Astronomers and physicists from around the world are calling the discovery the most significant event in the history of astronomy, and perhaps all of modern science.
An image of the object, which astronomers believe to be almost the size of Neptune, was inadvertently captured with a telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, the largest group of astronomical instruments in the world. The object was captured briefly with a Spacewatch telescope at the Steward Observatory. The astronomers and staff at Kitt Peak have not been able to locate the massive object since yesterday despite frantic efforts to detect the object with the other two dozen telescopes at Kitt Peak once the object was discovered.
“The object was here for about two minutes, then it simply vanished off of our telescope as quickly as it appeared,” says Martin McMillan, University of Arizona astronomer and physicist. “Based on the object’s position and movement, we estimate the object must have left the solar system travelling at a speed approaching the speed of light.”
Although NASA hastily redirected the Hubble Space Telescope and other satellites to locate the massive object, no trace of the object has yet been found. “As fast as that object moved into the solar system and then out of the solar system, it could be anywhere in our side of the galaxy by now,” said McMillan.
Dr. Ian Powell, professor at the University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy, cautioned scientists should not speculate that a new life form has been discovered. “It is pure supposition to say this huge object is a living organism. As scientists, we need to be careful not to speculate. The presence of wings tells me this object is an instrument constructed by a super-intelligent life form for travel across the universe.”
Russian Astronomer Nikolay Pimenov strongly disagrees with the machine theory. “This object is clearly a living organism. It looks very similar to the common housefly we have here on earth. The only thing to debate now is whether or not this object’s similarity to the appearance of the earth housefly is a mere coincidence, or whether this object is a super-advanced ancestor or descendant of the earth housefly.”
Amid widespread speculation, the Council for the American Astronomical Society issued its official position to the public. “At this time, we do not have enough information to determine whether the newly discovered object is a life form or is instead a machine built by a superintelligent species. We can only agree this momentous finding is definitive proof we are not alone in the universe.”