There’s Aliens out there

…and they are watching us, or that’s what some folk would like us to believe. What exactly am I talking about? Well apparently On Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 (just a year and a couple of week shy of the Mayan end-times, we’ll remind you), a onboard camera in NASA’s STEREO spacecraft recorded an energy wave of electrically charged material that came shooting out from the sun and blasted the planet Mercury. Well, as you can well imagine, the footage of this “coronal mass ejection” (CME), has caught the attention of alien-hunters across the globe, who claim that it has unveiled a giant, “cloaked” spaceship that appears to be “parked” just inside the solar system’s innermost planet.

One news report went on to say:

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.

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More news from space

closer to the sunNo, no, I’m not talking about the area between Walt’s ears, but rather the area that is not on the Green Hills of Earth. We are once again returning to out in space. Today we bring you a couple of interesting (well, interesting to us) unEarthly stories. The first one is a story regarding a 30-year-old mystery regarding Mercury, the planet nearest to the Sun. Apparently to people who think about this sort of stuff, volcanism has long been thought to be a major force in shaping the rocky, terrestrial planets.

Obviously, there are still volcanoes that run hot here on Earth, while on Mars, there is more of a subdued volcanism that may or may not still be alive. Then there is Venus which is riddled with old volcanoes. Well, scientists may now have more info on the subject, due to MESSENGER (short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) which made its debut flyby of Mercury on Jan. 14, passing about 124 miles (200 kilometers) over the planet’s surface.

Images of Mercury from the Mariner 10 mission showed areas of smooth plains covering parts of the planet’s surface. Scientists speculated that these could be volcanic deposits, similar to the basaltic maria (seas) on the Moon. But unlike the maria, these plains were lighter, not darker, than the surrounding landscape, and Apollo 16 astronauts had just discovered that similarly light plains on the Moon were actually impact breccia, or rock that was smashed apart and then re-welded together again.

(via Space.com)

moon rocksNext up; ever wonder what has become of all of those moon rock that came back from all of those Apollo missions. Well, truth to tell, neither have we, but apparently they are still around, and are revealing something of our celestial past:

HOUSTON — In the lab, the Moon rocks look nondescript — dark gray basalt, a whitish mineral called anorthosite and mixtures of the two with crystals thrown in. Yet nearly 40 years after the Apollo astronauts brought the first rocks back to Earth, these pieces of the Moon are still providing scientists with new secrets from another world.

(via NY Times)

Well, that’s it for now, perhaps tomorrow we’ll be able to find something interesting here on Earth.

The Perfessor