Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Science fiction...

...is full of stories about chasing down objects. Alastair Reynold's Pushing Ice comes to mind.

Unfortunately, we're not going to be able to catch the most interesting - cigar-shaped 'Oumamua, which came from another solar system and is darting through ours at high speed. We just don't have the technology yet.

Which sucks. It could teach us so much about planet formation, but maybe by the time the next one shows up?

Let's hope...although let's hope any chase attempt goes better than Pushing Ice.

(Of course, another famous science fiction object was also cigar-shaped...)