The object referred to as 1991 VG is set to sweep past Earth in 2017, but mysteriously, researchers have no clue what it is.
It was spotted for the first time in 1991 by Astronomer James Scotti from the University of Arizona and is referred to as 1991 VG. When the object was first spotted over two decades ago, it was around 10 meters in diameter and skimming near Earth at a distance of around 290,000 miles – around 50,00 miles further that the distance between the Earth and moon.
The object is considered anomalous given its strange rotation and longevity in space. Among the proposed theories about what 1991 VG is, there are those who suggest it might be an alien probe, space junk, a small meteorite or a section of the Apollo 12 rocket.
Astronomer James Scotti said that it could NOT be from the Apollo 12 because “the timings simply don’t add up”.
The mysterious part about 1991 VG is that it showed a rapid rate of rotation and strangely, its brightness fluctuated over time. Astronomers state that the object also had an orbit which was eerily similar to that of our planet.
So, until today, astronomers have no clue what it actually is.