When Hubble Space Telescope first photographed the strange comet-like object p/2010 a2 I just knew it would get attention among the X-Files crowd.
The "X" pattern of dust debris, presumably from an asteroid collision, is simply arresting.
Last week's release of the Hubble picture spurred a lot of spirited speculation on Internet discussion boards that the "X" was something other than a natural phenomenon:
"Finally, they are coming to take me home, yippee!"
"This has actually gotten me ******* excited."
"It's the Loch Ness Monster."
"Hey... it's planet 'X' its about time we can see it"
"Its baby Kal-El! Soon he'll grow up to be Superman."
Folks on UFO sites didn't buy the asteroid collision story:
"Just some speculation from science dudes grasping for straws, still"
"Relax people – this is just a weather balloon according to the Air Force."
"Although they (scientists) continuously shout and scream for UFO evidence, they don't BUY it when it's presented."
"Why can't someone just astral project and go and check this UFO out?"
"This is definitely not a normal comet. It could be debre (sp), ship, or even an entity."
Some people smelled a government conspiracy. "Just what is discretionary time?" asked one reader. Well, if something unexpected and transitory is happening in the sky, the Hubble observatory director can bump scheduled programs and re-aim the telescope for a "target of opportunity."
"What the hell in NASA hiding?" asked the producer of the YouTube video shown here. Say what? The Hubble image was released to the world just a few days after the observation was taken! You just can't make government conspiracy folks happy unless they have a conspiracy to chew on.
"How do they (Hubble) get crystal clear images and somehow this is as clear as they can get for us? Cannon fodder!"
"Notice how they didn't say who spotted it, and go on to give it a government scientific name like p/2010 a2."