In space entomology news, scientists have discovered new evidence that could shed light on a recent controversy regarding an object in space.
The discovery of the object known as IRAS 20324+4057 has inflamed passions between astrophysicists which believe it to be a cosmic caterpillar and those who believe it is a tadpole in an interstellar pond. The appearance this week of a flotilla of cosmic butterflies (Bipolarus nebulae) has bolstered the caterpillar camp, who had come into the week as a 7-point underdog.
(Disclaimer: The term “flotilla of cosmic butterflies” just sounds really cool.)
British author Bryan Rees, who has been studying the butterflies (shown in various NASA pictures above), says that the normally anti-social creatures, which have varied historical backgrounds, do not usually interact. But reports are coming in of sophisticated choreography among the living creatures, while the dead ones take up a defensive posture. “Many of these ghostly butterflies appear to have long axes aligned along the plane of our galaxy.” When asked why a giant space-dwelling insect would need an ax, co-author Albert Zijlstra, who requested anonymity because we kept mispronouncing “Zijlistra”, explained that the creatures until recently make their homes in planetary nebulas. Attacks by marauding space frogs have caused the cosmic butterflies to become bipolar, shifting between beautiful dancing objects and ax-wielding defenders of the species at the drop of a hat.
(Disclaimer: No actual planets were involved in the creation of planetary nebulas.)
Speaking for the Consortium of Hot and/or Bright Stars, Hot and Bright Star Danica McKellar (pictured here improving the self-esteem of teenage girls by using math to count cosmic butterflies) called the discovery “Amazing!” and called for sanctions against the space frogs for repeated incursions into butterfly territory.
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