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Gardisten
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011, 11:44 PM
Is a giant, cloaked spaceship orbiting around Mercury?

That's been the speculation from some corners aftera camera onboard NASA's STEREO spacecraft caught a wave of electronically charged material shooting out from the sun and hitting Mercury.

Theorists have seized on the images captured from the "coronal mass ejection" (CME) last week as suggestive of alien life hanging out in our own cosmic backyard. Specifically, the solar flare washing over Mercury appears to hit another object of comparable size. "It's cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very obviously, it's cloaked," YouTube-user siniXster said in his video commentary on the footage, which has generated hundreds of thousands of views this week. Now, how this user was able to determine that the object was "obviously" a cloaked spaceship with no other natural explanation remains as much a mystery as the object itself.

Of course, there's another scientifically sanctioned explanation for the curious images, though we're not certain that skeptics and UFO enthusiasts such as SiniXster will endorse it. Natalie Wolchover of Life's Little Mysteries put the question to scientists in the solar physics branch at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). They're the people who analyze data from the Heliospheric Imager-1 (HI-1)--better known in this context as the camera that shot the footage in question.

Head NRL group scientist Russ Howard and lead ground systems engineer Nathan Rich say the mysterious object is in fact Mercury itself. And what we're seeing in the footage is the equivalent of Mercury's wake, "where the planet was on the previous day," as it travels through the solar system on its natural gravitational path:

To make the relatively faint glow of a coronal mass ejection stand out against the bright glare of space—caused by interplanetary dust and the stellar/galactic background—the NRL scientists must remove as much background light as possible. They explained that they determine what light is background light, and thus can be subtracted out, by calculating the average amount of light that entered each camera pixel on the day of the CME event and on the previous day. Light appearing in the pixels on both days is considered to be background light and is removed from the footage of the CME. The remaining light is then enhanced.

The analysts say the practice works even better when applied to far-off objects such as stars, which don't move much relative to the sun. But for moving objects, especially planets, the process is a little more complicated. And making matters even trickier is Mercury's staus as the closest planet to the sun.

"When [this averaging process] is done between the previous day and the current day and there is a feature like a planet, this introduces dark (negative) artifacts in the background where the planet was on the previous day, which then show up as bright areas in the enhanced image," Rich explained in an email.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/mysterious-planet-sized-object-spotted-near-mercury-154443870.html

Van Wellenkamp
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 01:27 AM
That is interesting. What are your thoughts?

Mööv
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 01:44 AM
A planet sized spaceship? Hardly. Unless Darth Vader decided to move the Death Star into our solar system :D

Elessar
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 02:19 AM
That is pretty crazy nonetheless.
Honestly, I dont really buy either sides argument just yet. What with alien-doomsday prophecies floating around :oanieyes
Its illuminated outline resembles Starship Enterprise

Van Wellenkamp
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 02:45 AM
Yeah I didnt even consider aliens. I figure it was gas that was consumed by the solar flare. Or other debre wich always looks larger than it is when burning.

EQ Fighter
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 03:04 AM
I think it is exactly what the scientist say it is.


Head NRL group scientist Russ Howard and lead ground systems engineer Nathan Rich say the mysterious object is in fact Mercury itself. And what we're seeing in the footage is the equivalent of Mercury's wake, "where the planet was on the previous day," as it travels through the solar system on its natural gravitational path:

That being said, as I have said before one thing we as humans DO NOT want to happen is to meet up with a alien life form that can move though the Galaxy, because it very well may be the end of us.

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Neophyte
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 04:11 AM
A planet sized spaceship? Hardly. Unless Darth Vader decided to move the Death Star into our solar system :D

Starship Troopers. What if giant bugs are throwing huuuge rocks at us? :fduck:

DutchfromHolland
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 06:50 AM
What looks to UFO hunters like a massive alien spaceship parked next to planet Mercury appeared on a sequence of images of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the sun taken by a NASA telescope.

The images taken on December 1, on NASA's Stereo spacecraft, show a big wave of plasma streaming over Mercury, and it seems that the plasma also streams over the image of another object next to the planet which flares up as soon as it is hit by the coronal plasma.

The image appeared next to Mercury as a massive blob on the sequence of images by NASA telescopes. UFO enthusiasts' forums on internet have been abuzz with excitement as speculations broke out that the image is a massive alien spaceship parked next to the planet. According to Daily Mail, over 100,000 YouTube users have seen the sequence of images taken by NASA's Heliospheric Imager-1 telescope and many claim that it is an alien ship hiding away from us under the shadow of Mercury.

Daily Mail reports the image was uploaded on internet by sinXster, who comments: "It's cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very obviously, it's cloaked."
SiniXster commented further that there is "absolutely no explanation for the nearly Mercury-size mystery object other than that it's a spaceship. What object in space cloaks itself and doesn't appear until it gets hit by energy from the sun?"


Read more here: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/315739#ixzz1fvJKeJnS

Herefugol
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 06:53 AM
http://forums.skadi.net/showthread.php?t=146171 ;)

DutchfromHolland
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 07:52 AM
Someone beat me to it. :(

Thusnelda
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 12:53 PM
A planet sized spaceship? Hardly. Unless Darth Vader decided to move the Death Star into our solar system :D

Well, no worries, the Death Star is on our side and all members of Neuschwabenland went there. I´m a hidden Sith commander who´s exploring Earth and all proud Germanics are considered as parts of the Empire and honorable members of the Sith! :D

Me in my usual going-out dress:

http://digital-art-gallery.com/oid/31/578x850_6866_Female_Sith_2d_character_st ar_wars_painting_girl_woman_sci_fi_pictu re_image_digital_art.jpg

It´s the liberals we hunt...the multiculturalists, the lowly immigrants, the traitorous politicians, the EU...the do-gooders...the Jedi! :hitler

http://www.geekosystem.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/darth-figurine.jpg

http://images.somethingawful.com/inserts/articlepics/photoshop/10-03-03-nazi/Lodin_vader.jpg

http://www.murdoconline.net/2008/nazi_at-at_walker.jpg

:P

Hersir
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 02:06 PM
Starship Troopers. What if giant bugs are throwing huuuge rocks at us? :fduck:

The movies are such a lousy adaptation of the book. The book is entirely different, and dosn't focus on action but a militarised society. It has been critizied for being fascist. I think the book is pretty good:)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starship_Troopers

Mööv
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 02:16 PM
Well, no worries, the Death Star is on our side and all members of Neuschwabenland went there. I´m a hidden Sith commander who´s exploring Earth and all proud Germanics are considered as parts of the Empire and honorable members of the Sith! :D

It´s the liberals we hunt...the multiculturalists, the lowly immigrants, the traitorous politicians, the EU...the do-gooders...the Jedi! :hitler




I want to see the galaxy! And clean it up of all the jedi pest!
Where do I sign up? :D

http://www.wired.com/underwire/wp-content/gallery/iron-sky-set/iron_sky_-_ss_troopers.jpg

Thusnelda
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 02:49 PM
I want to see the galaxy! And clean it up of all the jedi pest!
Where do I sign up? :D

Just speak the code of the Sith two times!

"Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me."

Afterwards, just wait for the next star destroyer who will collect you from home in due time.

And then...let´s rock! :P

http://s1.directupload.net/images/111208/fsg2or9a.gif

Gardisten
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 08:24 PM
Well, if it is an alien mothership, naturally they're not going to say that it is; and any "explanation" that they provide us would not be out of character with the disinformation that they have been spreading about alien contact for the last 65 years or so.

Mööv
Friday, December 9th, 2011, 05:55 PM
Well, if it is an alien mothership, naturally they're not going to say that it is;


We wanted to return home, but Emperor wouldn't let us. :(

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:D