Saturday March 18, 2017

Quirks question: Could an alien spacecraft hide in the asteroid belt?

Could an alien spacecraft be hiding among these asteroids ?

Could an alien spacecraft be hiding among these asteroids ? (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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This week's question comes from Quirks & Quarks twitter follower @RyanSauve who asked "With today's technology, could we detect a spaceship, perhaps by means of heat signature, hiding in the asteroid belt?" 

Dr. Jaymie Matthews, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of British Columbia gave this a lot of thought, and came up with the answer: it's possible, but only if the spaceship was a big as an asteroid.

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