Looks like a simple case of “asleep at the wheel” to me… and fortunately two Colombian skywatchers caught the dude in the act as he/she/it nearly gets themselves blown to smithereens by the mindlessly hurtling asteroid known to us Earthers as 2009 DD 45.
On March 2, 2009, Alberto Quijano Vodniza and Mario Rojas ‘P’ out of the University of Nariño Observatory in Pasto, Nariño, Colombia, using a nearly current 14″ Meade SC scope,* came up trumps in their tracking of the asteroid and got a way special bonus to boot.
Reminds me of the Shuttle video of the saucer dodging one of the secret space program’s potshots a while back… but this is one mighty big rock that they should’ve seen coming.
Once they do wake up they proceed to perform some classic UFO moves to get clear, afterwards even showing perhaps a bit of Holy Shit reaction as it doesn’t really recover the course all that well. Not to anthropomorphize the lil dudes too much, of course… :)
I’m not sure what the connection is, membership, probably, but the video was posted to YouTube by the Italian research group LunarExplorerItalia, which looks quite legit, although the site’s in Italian with an inoperative English button… many excellent Moon/Mars anomaly and regular astro pics, though!
Anyhow I thought I’d post this for the enjoyment of my saucer crew, and for me as I think it’s wicked good… and a nice hat tip to my eagle-eyed pal Atrueoriginall for the lead.
* (a very sweet instrument, but a bit small for a University, I’d think, depends, but perhaps it’s not a big league school… anyhow, no matter, it sure did the trick.)