The "Curious Incident" in the Night Sky That Would Delight Sherlock Holmes

Have you ever thought a cloud was a face?

Astronomers do the same in outer space.

An odd but familiar-shaped asteroid

Racing on its round-trip through the void

Has been given a nickname of its own

That real canis majors would love: Dog Bone.

These 11 images show the asteroid Kleopatra, viewed at different angles as it rotates.

These 11 images show the asteroid Kleopatra, viewed at different angles as it rotates.

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  • What a wonderful post! Thank you, AW

  • I don't always want to be the party-pooper, but to me this looks less like something a dog would carry around in his mouth than something he would leave behind.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Surely, jnorto, you can't be Sirius.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I am not Sirius, but your question does suggest a theory explaining the strange-shaped asteroid. It's scat left by Sirius. Would Sherlock Holmes disagree?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Holmes admits to knowing "nil" about astronomy. So maybe he would abstain.

  • "Is there anything else to which you wish to call my attention?'

    "To the curious incident of the twelfth image in the photograph."

    "There is no twelfth image in the photograph."

    "That was the curious incident," replied Sherlock Holmes.

  • Holmes is right on. Why not a dozen? It might not make any evidentiary difference, but it does give a sense of finality, doesn't it?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    It's like waiting for the last note to sound or the other shoe to drop!

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