The quest takes an all-new turn!
In 2002, the search for vulcanoid asteroids took yet another significant leap when astronauts actually came up with an innovative idea of attempting to observe these bodies in the stratosphere. And how did they intend to do this?
Well, they merely hopped on to fighter jets! No we are not making this up. This feat really happened, and the reason was quite simple- higher chances of spotting vulcanoids in the particular realm of the atmosphere, where visibility is much higher than that of the ground level of troposphere where the exercise has been conducted so far.
So did the sighting FINALLY happen?
But despite this attempt to finally take a look at these intriguing celestial objects, scientists could not come to any suitable conclusion. Whatever speculation there was about spotting any object that could be termed as a vulcanoid asteroid merely turned out to be a sun spot, and it did not help that our quest for vulcanoids took us all the way up to the stratosphere.
Focus all along
Let me tell you, getting on to a jet plane and observing the night sky happens to be amongst the most alluring glimpses for mankind. The sheer beauty of sparkling stars and planets is too bewitching to behold. But when you have been entrusted with the responsibility of focusing on a particular kind of asteroid that has only been hypothesized so far, you cannot afford to get lost in the stunning visuals!
Towards the Western Horizon
Yes, the Western Horizon is where all eyes need to turn towards, if one happens to be interested in catching the first ever glimpse of a vulcanoid asteroid. Given the fact that we have been trying for over two centuries now, there is a certain feeling amongst a part of the scientific community that all of this might be conjecture. This doesn’t help because there is no other possible way of explaining the orbital characteristics of the planet that is nearest to the sun. This is exactly why most astronomers till date believe in the existence of vulcanoid asteroids, and the search for these celestial bodies hovering within a neutral zone in the orbit of Merucry, continues to baffle interested observers.