Angry comet is angry

By Phil Plait | March 1, 2011 7:00 am

A couple of weeks ago, the space probe Stardust passed by the comet Tempel 1. While I was perusing the NASA images, I found this one:

I couldn’t help but notice the comet seemed a little angry. I made it a little more obvious:

Of course, if someone smashed a 370 kilo block of copper into me at 10 times the speed of a rifle bullet, I’d be pretty angry myself!


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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Humor
MORE ABOUT: comets, Stardust, Tempel-1

Comments (31)

  1. davidlpf

    Phil take a break, look at the pretty mountains, go for a ride because I think you have been looking at your monitor a little too long.

  2. Unclellama

    Angry and ugly.

  3. MarcusBailius

    Having only a quickish look, I think there are about five ways at least that you can get a head with eyes and other facial features to work with this image. Yours is one of the more obscure, from where I am sitting!
    Pareidolia, or what…?

  4. Messier Tidy Upper

    ,if someone smashed a 370 kilo block of copper into me at 10 times the speed of a rifle bullet, I’d be pretty angry myself!

    Well, that – or, y’know, dead! ;-)

    Great comet images though. :-)

  5. It’s a SIGN! It’s an OMEN! It’s a PORTENT OF DOOM, I tell yez! Doesn’t the Bible say something about “signs in the heavens???” Obviously GOD is really really really angry at us, and we’re living in the END TIMES, and ya better fall down on your knees and start praying, because the RAPTURE is going to occur on May 21st, just like Harold Camping says!!!

    Or not.

    Isn’t pareidolia FUN?

  6. Ian

    You missed the mustache underneath the nose.

  7. Chris

    Slow news day?

  8. Revenge of the Comet

    I’m looking forward to the trailer.

  9. Scott Davis

    u crazy! why u so crazy?

  10. Gary Ansorge

    ,,,and to lighten up your day, check out this George Carlin mashup.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=a3asbkY0tTE

    Seems almost appropriate to this post.

    Gary 7

  11. Joel

    Look on the bright side, you wouldn’t be angry for long. More sort of vaporised.

  12. Joseph

    I see E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.

  13. TheBlackCat

    If I look at the right eye as an eye, and the nose as the left eye, it look happy.

  14. MadScientist

    I still don’t see it. Hey, who put that graffiti on the comet?

  15. Philip

    You must be in a bad mood lately, I was getting more of a “Tinker Owl” vibe from it: http://twitpic.com/452dha

  16. Thomas

    The excitement of space like you’ve never experienced before.

  17. Given the movie trailer the other day, I saw ET’s face, head, and neck…

    http://www.hvcomputer.com/temp/et-comet.png

  18. Aaron

    Oh great, it ticked . . .

    This is what will happen next: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/08/01/impact/

  19. Acronym Jim

    So that’s what it will look like when Charlie Brown finally snaps. Lucy had better watch her back.

  20. Rory Kent

    Patrick Moore with monocle?

  21. Keith Bowden

    Acronym Jim beat me to it… It looks like Charlie Brown!

    Does this mean a new religion will rise around Charles Schulz’ characters since their faces are starting to appear? I suspect Snoopy will appear on a toasted cheese sandwich and Linus in woodgrain…

  22. Quiet Desperation

    Doesn’t the Bible say something about “signs in the heavens???”

    Uhhh, dunno. Lemme look.

    (QD flips through Bible to random page)

    They became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth. In that land their breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed.” — Ezekiel 23:3

    o_O

    Huh…

    (Leans back to read some more)

  23. Quiet Desperation

    Does this mean a new religion will rise around Charles Schulz’ characters since their faces are starting to appear?

    Better than Family Circus. When Bill Keane’s melon headed monstrosities begin appearing, it’s the sure sign of the End Times.

  24. You know, if you drink a quart of that Ol’ Janx spirit, squint your eyes a little, tilt your head 30 degrees to the right and use a IR filter, you can really see the face of Jeezus in that comet.

  25. Joseph G

    I really wish there were a way to embed a drawing applet into this thread so we could easily share our own pareidolic interpretations. I’ll bet it’d be a riot :)

  26. Joseph G

    @27: I prefer to save my Ol’ Janx spirit for Pan-Galactic gargle blasters.
    ‘Course, those Algolan suntiger teeth are so damned hard to find :P

  27. Chris L.

    “Isn’t pareidolia FUN?”

    For guys like Richard Hoagland, it’s down right profitable. :)

  28. What, no Majora’s Mask reference?

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