According to the article is probably an asteroid (five times the size of Hawaii)… made of metal… buried beneath the surface of the moon. But I’m inclined to put my faith in Hank Moody (to me David Duchovny’s seminal character… because… well, Californication had more boobs in it. And boobs per episode is an important metric when deciding the worth of a series)
Anyways, we can probably be glad it hit the moon and not the earth, waaaaaaaay back when… because you know, none of us would be here now. Guided by the hand of the almighty… or something along those lines. This predates that time (s)he decided that humans and not dinosaurs should be the eminent species on the planet (and sent another asteroid along to make sure that happened)
Deities. Terraforming planets with asteroids. Seems a little heavy handed? I mean, when you could potentially just snap your fingers… subtly changing the direction of interstellar objects to collide with other rotating objects all while avoiding the gravity of gas giants… well… its a lot of math.
But all this is beside the point because theres a frikken alien spaceship buried beneath the regolith on the frikken moon….
…but you will (probably) never be Samantha Cristoforetti cool.
Rocking a Star Trek (Starfleet) insignia on her t-shirt and giving the Vulcan salute from the ISS with earth in the background.
When you trip… and fall… and graze you knee… remember…
You just collided with a planet. And survived, walking away with just a scratch.
How many interstellar objects can say the same? In fact, this might be your life’s biggest achievement. Dwell on that.
I don’t mean to brag…. but personally, I can claim this particular achievement award more than once. I like to live dangerously.
I guess they found another Opportunity to be happy. (see what I did there)
The Solar System is… pretty boring. In quite a boring part of the galaxy. In quite a boring part of the universe. Not to us obviously, since we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t exactly the way it was…
But it is also likely the reason we haven’t been visited by aliens.
Why go to earth… when you can go to HD131399AB which orbits a trinary star system…
Each orbit takes 550 years… and the planet spin is so slow each day and night cycle is about a hundred years or so…
Located about a hop, skip and a jump from earth… at a distance of about 340 light years the constellation Centaurus (named after Chiron, the centaur, who was accidentally killed by Hercules with a poisoned arrow) HD131399AB is thought to be about 16 million years old, making it one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date.
With a temperature of 850 kelvins (about 1,070 F or 580 C) and weighing in at an estimated four Jupiters, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets.
I know where I would go.
The solar system began to form about… 4.6 billion years ago. Give or take a couple of million…
Our moon was potentially ‘habitable’ for about 500 million years after its formation… about 3.5 billion years ago. During its ‘brief’ tenure as a satellite capable of supporting life it had enough water to maintain an atmosphere (of about 1% of earths current atmosphere) which would have been enough for pools of water to form. The volcanic action also helped replenish the atmosphere.
Perhaps most importantly is that there is evidence to suggest that the Moon had a magnetic field which would have protected it from solar and cosmic radiation.
It is unlikely that life would have gotten past the single cell organism phase in that ‘brief’ window, but still, there was potential there.
Perhaps instead of a tidal locked hunk of rock we should consider the moon more like a giant microbial graveyard circling round the earth… a testament that life in the universe is harsh and unforgiving, a portent of things to come.