This mysterious object is a satellite in my backyard

Written by By Lola Fadulu, CNN

Since last week, a Nigerian farmer named Solomon Sambo has been searching his front yard for a silver and brown object: a remote-controlled device that he says has mysteriously appeared outside his home in Kukawa , a town about 60 miles east of the Nigerian capital Abuja.

According to Sambo, an unknown object appeared near the tree in which his son was making a cardboard cutout of a robot-like representation of New Zealand’s rugby team and thrown an unidentified piece of metal, according to CNN.

The object was quick to travel through the air, he said, and landed near an old traffic light post, almost through the middle of the tree. He claims the object fell there last Wednesday evening and that locals were concerned that it may have resulted in a fall from the tree. He said many locals had gathered at the spot to look for it before he reported it to the police.

The unique object has since been referred to as the “Ibbo Item” or the “black box.”

As a satellite image of the area shows, the object can be found at the very center of the tree. Sambo has placed cardboard placards with a gold plated coin and a gold-coloured apple next to the object, in the hope that someone will recognize it.

CNN has tried to speak to Sambo by phone, but his mobile phone and landline have been unresponsive and he declined to comment for this story.

The size of this object (left) is exactly the same as the size of these barbecues (right). Credit: Prophetic

While the object has not been proven to be a satellite, satellite imagery shows the object to be the same size as a typical New Zealand barbecue. To make it even stranger, the GPS coordinates for the object correlate to a signal from the Earth’s surface, consistent with an actual GPS satellite.

What the object in Sambo’s front yard could be is still unknown, but this unprecedented discovery has raised a whole range of questions.

First off, is this part of a revolution in satellite-based communication, and does this represent the beginning of a new era of communication like we see in movie tech parables of a future where people who can’t read carry their messages with them?

Technology is changing faster than ever before — do we even have a time horizon left when our great uncle is no longer able to text me and take my money and if so, how are we going to pay for it? Will all the technology we’ve been using for the past few decades need to be redesigned or phased out?

These are some of the questions worth exploring as we move forward into the future. These topics are explored in a series of articles in our science section this month titled “Q&A: The Future” published on Nov. 8.

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