Space can be an extraordinarily scare place, especially when there are two things closing in on Earth that we don’t know too much about it.
For instance, NASA discovered a giant object hurdling toward our planet only as recent as November, and they have no idea what it is. It isn’t an asteroid and it lacks characteristics of the comet. NASA’s space-object hunting division NEOWISE have determined that the object dubbed ‘2016 WF9’ could be a hybrid of both, and that it will make its approach around February 25th. WF9 lacks any kind of identifier, but that doesn’t mean NASA cannot track its trajectory. While you may be hopeful that this is the first contact you’ve been waiting for, WF9 is probably going to dodge humanity by about 32 million miles.
Ironically, a huge Internet movement in 2016 supported a Giant Meteor for President in November, but this probably isn’t the result of apocalyptic fulfillment. The second object hurdling toward Earth, C/2016 U1, is predictably a comet, according to gurus at NASA. It will miss Earth by about 38 million miles. Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis can sleep easily, and so can you, but if you’re up before sunrise next week you might be able to see C/2016 making its pass using just your binoculars.
Unidentified objects aren’t all that NASA have wrapped their heads with in confusion over the past days. Something very strange is transmitting to us from a galaxy far, far away. Given the time it took for this fast radio burst to reach us, 3 billion years, one could also say that this FRB is literally from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Maybe FRB 121102 doesn’t contain any secret messages pertaining to the droids we’re looking for, or plans for a big giant planet crushing beam weapon in the unknown regions of space; however, the strange radio bursts are coming toward us in consistent patterns that have been tracked since they were first discovered in 2007.
So, what do you think? Are we alone in the universe, or are there strange beings on the outer realms trying to get close to us at last?