You still don’t believe in UFOs? Well I do, in the literal sense. As in, a lot of stuff we just cannot identify, which means in simple terms it is undentified. If the unidentified object happens to be flying, then it is a UFO. OK, so now in the literal sense you believe in UFOs? Good. On with the posting:
“On February 21, 2006 (the paper was only published recently), the venerable space telescope spied a UFO in an area of space where there should have been nothing at all.
Stranger still, the object disappeared almost as mysteriously as it arrived, about 100 days after the initial observation. It got very bright over time, to the 21st magnitude, then faded just as fast. Kind of like an explosion… Not much else is known about the celestial phenomenon, and it hasn’t reappeared since 2006.” Gizmodo.
The mystery object did not behave like any known kind of supernova. It is not even in any detectable galaxy. “The shape of the light curve is inconsistent with microlensing,” say the researchers. They recorded three spectra of it — and its spectrum, they write, “in addition to being inconsistent with all known supernova types, is not matched to any spectrum in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey database” of vast numbers of objects. “We suggest that the transient may be one of a new class.” Sky and Telescope.
Some deep space explosion? Star wars? Bueller? Who knows.
Via Sky and Telescope.