The conference room at the Mount Graham International Observatory was silent for several moments.
The table was a mess of drawings and calculations.
“We can’t go public with this,” the representative from NASA reiterated.
“But we can’t sit on our thumbs either,” the military spokesman groaned.
This statement was directed toward two astronomers at the far side of the table. A closed folder rested between them.
“The nineth planet will soon reach a projected perihelion,” one of the pair finally said.
“The nearest any body comes to the Sun during the course of orbit.”
“And?” the military spokesman asked hoarsely.
One astronomer pushed the folder across the table. A few grainy images slipped from inside.
“Tell us what you see.”