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Keen-eyed skywatchers have spotted a mysterious object emerging from the Sun that, according to the tinfoil-hatted YouTube majority, can only be a UFO, a small black hole, a world-destroying weapon or maybe a new planet. Images show a shadowy spherical object apparently tethered to home world's star by a dark string. After …

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Obviously not a refueling spaceship

Looks nothing like a Cobra Mk III.

(or any other snake derived ship)

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Re: Obviously not a refueling spaceship

Sorry, it nothing special, just a coronal filament, very common.

It is explained here... http://youtu.be/82l46fpd-ic

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Alien

Re: Obviously not a refueling spaceship

Or Rama...

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Happy

Re: Obviously not a refueling spaceship

Buggritt - I was going to try the Rama angle.

Hmm, thinking about it we need a third commentard to do the same

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Re: Obviously not a refueling spaceship

And, to the best of my knowledge, Disaster Area aren't playing in this solar system...

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"alien ship fuelling up on solar plasma"

As any fule kno (or at least any fule who played Elite) skimming suns is a simple way of refuelling without the inconvenience of having to dock at a space station where you are considered to be a probably criminal! Only disadvantage was if you are too greedy they you fry!

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Stop

Re: "alien ship fuelling up on solar plasma"

",,, probably criminal! "

Admit it; you'd done at least five assasinations. (They were exciting, we do understand.)

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Alien

Everybody run

It's an anomaly!

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Emerging from Sun?

Not quite right for Elite style refueling. However the behaviour and appearance sort of fit a langston field equipped ship, though the alderson point shouldn't be inside the star except for a red giant.

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Re: Emerging from Sun?

WOW i am not the only person to have read The Moat in Gods Eye after all!

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Re: Emerging from Sun?

Nope, but you are the only person to mis-spell "Mote".

</pedant>

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Re: Mote/Moat

You're missing out on a nice pun if you don't appreciate the difference in the type of mote/moat:

The Mote in God's Eye

The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye

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Train approaching?

I was taught you could always see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Apparently not when it's attached to the Sun?

Clever buggers these astrowosits bods!

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Re: Train approaching?

The sun is the only black body in the solar system after all.

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Boffin

Important Question

But Is it a Fully Operational Coronal Cavity?

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Big Brother

Typical Men In Black cover-up.

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Alien

Aha!

"...prominence eruptions occur when the overlying magnetic field that contains the prominence material is disrupted,"

You mean like when an alien spaceship refuels from it?

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Intelligent, but inexperienced...

... you have to think in three dimensions.

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Re: Intelligent, but inexperienced...

From hell's heart I stab at thee!

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Re: Intelligent, but inexperienced...

I loved that quote so much I went and read 'Moby Dick' soon after.

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I for one ......

welcome our Death Star dwelling, plasma sucking Overlords!

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Georgio Tsukalos

Did somebody say... ancient aliens?

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Images do NOT "show a shadowy spherical object "

There's no object there, YOU CAN SEE THE BLOODY BACKGROUND STARS THROUGH WHERE IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE.

Idiotic UFO cranks hallucinating again. There's some kind of tornado-like vortex in the plasma clouds at the edge of the sun, and above it there's a bowl-like eversion in the clouds, just a gap where they've probably been pulled out of shape by the vortex. Anyone who thinks they can see a UFO clearly can't tell the difference between there being a solid object somewhere and there not being a solid object there.

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Re: Images do NOT "show a shadowy spherical object "

Obviously being that close to the sun is interfering with their cloaking device which is why you can see the stars through it!

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Re: Images do NOT "show a shadowy spherical object "

Never mind the fact that that object would be bigger than Jupiter

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Re: Images do NOT "show a shadowy spherical object "

"YOU CAN SEE THE BLOODY BACKGROUND STARS THROUGH WHERE IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE."

Erm, unlikely. You do know that's the Sun, right? You're as bad as the idiotic UFO cranks.

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"bigger than Jupiter"

And this would be out of the question, exactly how?

Look, if I were to go space truckin', I'd take a vehicle that can take a lot of plasma, for those long stretches of icy void between the stars. Which again means you need a fair bit of insulation around the tank, and a bit of shielding for the times you fill up by skimming one of those stars you visit. Add it all up, and you'll find that a big planet (Jupiter-sized, possibly, but with a solid crust to live in, like the earth) could well fit the bill.

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Re: Images do NOT "show a shadowy spherical object "

YOU CAN SEE THE BLOODY BACKGROUND STARS THROUGH WHERE IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE.

No, No! That's the cloaking device doing that, see.... proof that it's an ailen spaceship.

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My God; it's full of stars!

You're not seeing through it, you're looking into it.

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Re: Images do NOT "show a shadowy spherical object "

My god...

it's full of stars

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Umm...right

Dust/scratch on the lens anyone? Micro-meteor strike could cause it too. Hell, it could just be a void caused by magnetic lines. Why does it have to be such a big deal?

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Fuckin' magnets,

how do they work? Don't tell me ask a scientist.

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Re: Fuckin' magnets,

I always corner physists at parties and bend their ears over that one. You can turn them into gibbering wrecks in about 10 minutes as they run out of explanations

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Mushroom

Future Microsoft EULA

"MICROSOFT STAR USAGE LICENSE TERMS

SOL VERSION 2

These license terms are an agreement between Microsoft Corporation (or based on where you reside, one of its affiliates) and you. Please read them. They apply to the star named above, which includes the corona on which you depend for life, light, and heat, if any. Printed-paper license terms, which may come with the star, may replace or modify any on-screen license terms. The terms also apply to any Microsoft

· refueling,

· supplements,

· solar/planetary usage, and

· support services

for this star, unless other terms accompany those items. If so, those terms apply.

By using the star, you accept these terms. If you do not accept them, do not use the star. Instead, return it to the creator for a refund or credit. If you cannot obtain a refund there, contact Microsoft or the Microsoft affiliate serving your galactic region for information about Microsoft’s refund policies. See www.microsoft.com/universe. In the United States and Canada, call (800) MICROSOFT or see www.microsoft.com/info/noreturns.htm.

Blah blah blather blah blah"

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Re: Future Microsoft EULA

Hello, what the fuck are you on about?

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Re: Future Microsoft EULA

Surely that should be the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, rather than Microsoft?

If you have any complaints, go stick your head in a pig!

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Keen-eyed skywatchers have spotted a mysterious object emerging from the Sun

Really? They are not "keen-eyed" they are, in fact, delusional. This is the solar equivalent of someone seeing a cloud that looks like a bus and so ElReg dutifully publishes an article saying "Flying bus spotted". Optical illusion caused by our miniscule brain's inability to perceive the world in any way other than what it can cobble together. Nothing is as it seems, but this is even less than nothing.

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Doesn't Apple own the patent for refueling using plasma from the sun?

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Happy

Nope

That would be Oracle.

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Re: Nope

Groan...

Here, please take your coat.

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Anonymous Coward

Of course they would say it was a coronal cavity, they are being paid off by big pharma!

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Alien

British Government sends in HMRC to collect unpaid extra terrestrial fuel duty. At 80p a litre that's going to add up.

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And if they do not pay, they will be clamped?

Look out for big yellow triangular thingies (technical term) in space.

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Re: And if they do not pay, they will be clamped?

"Look out for big yellow triangular thingies (technical term) in space."

The Vogon Constructor Fleet are moonlighting as clampers now?

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Re: And if they do not pay, they will be clamped?

"Look out for big yellow triangular thingies (technical term) in space"

Why, are HMRC collecting taxes in Ningis now ... maybe if they get enough to start converting them into Triganic Pus then maybe we can clear the deficit!

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Mantrid Drones

Ever see Lexx when the Mantrid Drones eat that star?

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Don't worry, it's just Rama refuelling.

... And on far-off Earth, Dr. Carlisle Perera had as yet told no one how he had wakened from a restless sleep with the message from his subconscious still echoing in his brain: The Ramans do everything in threes.

-- Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke.

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Re: Don't worry, it's just Rama refuelling.

Ah! we have our third

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<sf bandwagon>

“The Culture craft was hiding in the surface layers of the system sun,” Xoralundra said bitterly, more to himself than to Horza.

'In the sun?' Horza was incredulous. He looked back at the cell door, as though somehow it was Balveda’s fault. “Those bastards are getting smarter all the time."

'Consider Phlebas', Sun-Earther Iain El-Bonko Banks of North Queensferry

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Tut, Tut, Tut....

You silly earth dwellers, who are living in the cosmic equivalent of cavemen....

I suppose we should award you some brownie points to have advanced to the stage where you can view the outline of our mothership. But you make two significant mistakes in your analysis.

Firstly, our mothership isn't at the same distance between you and the Sun, it's about halfway between, and just so happens on this visit to be on this side of the Sun - often we park up on the far side, where you'd never see us.

Secondly, we aren't sucking energy or anything else from your Sun. We are in fact emptying our starfleet garbage system. After all, you earth dwellers figured out long ago that an incinerator plant is a good way of disposing of unwanted waste, and like all good space dwellers we try to keep the environment clean for everyone. If we were bad neighbours we'd be dumping our loo system on earth as we passed by, but you'd probably not respect us for doing something like that - our operatives make use of the cosmic equivalents of vindaloo curry topped up with large volumes of Tiger lager, but unlike some earth dwellers we don't puke it up on the high street.

We'd love to come and say hello but sadly now isn't the right time. Your stupid indoctrination systems where the gods you invented seem to preach that destroying the lives of non-believers in your own religions means you haven't reached the plateau of respecting your own kind yet. You will, but it won't be for a while.

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