|WikiProject Astronomy / Astronomical objects||(Rated Start-class)|
|WikiProject Solar System||(Rated Start-class)|
Anything in outer space not placed there by man would be considered an extraterrestrial object; asteroids, planets, comets. I think the author should replace extraterrestrial object with the word alien if that what he/she is trying to imply.
This article is insane. We do not know what it is. and until we do calling it "alien" or speculating on what it is is moot. this isn't a place for conspiracy theorists to validate their opinions. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 01:48, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
this is not really a conspiracy theory yet, no one has claimed that a government/organisation is trying to cover up it's origin. The article is neutral, not making any claims, it's just that there is more available in terms of it's potential SETI value than it's scientific one. Until such time as the object is studied in greater detail and the findings are released, this is the best that the page can be. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 05:36, 31 July 2011 (UTC)
"Earlier close approaches to Earth were before the start of the space age." Who wrote that? Seriously? The object was only discovered in 1991 when it made it's close pass. How can we know that it had previous passes? 18.104.22.168 (talk) 19:41, 17 March 2016 (UTC)
- Based on it's speed and trajectory, and the fact that it is somehow not affected by Earths gravity despite coming within 280,000miles of us in 1991, it was estimated that the last time it came close to Earth was in 1975. It will come close to Earth again in 2017, visible in the southern Hemisphere, where we will be able to observe it, and study it with our for more advanced modern equipment. Some people seem to just pass it off as the IVB of Apollo 12, however we know it's not the Apollo 12 IVB, because we know where that is, it's designated as asteroidal object JOO2E3. Chances are that before the end of next year we'll have some more concrete answers, but for me one of the biggest questions is why it's not affected by Earths gravity. It's had a close pass with us twice now, once that was actually observed, and it didn't slow down or change direction, which all asteroidal objects do. It could be some kind of unexplained physical force, but a lot of people have come to the conclusion that it could be powered. Hence all the alien talk up above. Now I'm not jumping to conclusions on this, but either way, it's pretty mysterious. Looking forward to finding out what it is. :) 22.214.171.124 (talk) 05:33, 30 April 2016 (UTC)