The other day, a mystery showed up at the door of the PhysicsCentral offices. The inimitable Buzz Skyline discovered this mystery object in his neighborhood and brought it to H.Q. We have no idea what it is, other than really cool looking, so we decided to do what CERN did a few weeks ago and ask our loyal readers to weigh in.
If it's astronomy-related, the big black arc in the front could be a horizon line marker. There's also small red numbers denoting degrees on its main "sail."
The company logo is definitely from an era before search engine optimization. Googling "Martin 3D" hasn't yielded any useful insights.
finderscopes to align the thing with whatever astronomical object you're interested in.
The only other clue we have is that it was found in an area where a bunch of scientists and technicians from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Also just up the street is the University of Maryland's physics department and a lot of people around where it was discovered work at the university too.
If you have any clue or thought about what this thing might be or how its supposed to be used, leave a comment and let us know. We're dying to know. If we solve the mystery, we'll post an update to let everyone in on the the answer.
We'd love to be able to use the thing for its original purpose once again. Until then, it makes for a lovely centerpiece around the office.