SCP-2362 Not A Planet | object class keter | extraterrestrial / animal scp

SCP-2362 Not A Planet – object class keter Item #: SCP-2362 Object Class: Keter Special Containment Procedures: Public knowledge
of SCP-2362 in its current state is to be suppressed by any means necessary. Interception and suppression of astronomical
data indicating the current state of SCP-2362, the organic composition of SCP-2362, or the
existence of SCP-2362-1 is conducted by Mobile Task Force Omicron-12 (“Planet Killers”). MTF Omicron-12 is also tasked with fabricating
astronomical data in order to decrease public interest in SCP-2362. In the event that the current state of SCP-2362
becomes apparent to the public through some lapse in Foundation security, MTF Omicron-12
will disseminate fabricated data indicating that SCP-2362 was reduced to its current state
during a collision with a Kuiper Belt object of comparable size (situational contingency
protocol 2362-A). In the event that the existence of SCP-2362-1
becomes apparent to the public, MTF Omicron-12 will disseminate fabricated data indicating
that SCP-2362-1 is merely a Kuiper Belt object following an escape orbit resulting from gravitational
interaction with neighboring objects (situational contingency protocol 2362-B). Should SCP-2362-1 reach a great enough distance
to render it undetectable by civilian and government equipment, MTF Omicron-12 will
disseminate partially accurate data indicating the current state of SCP-2362 along with fabricated
data indicating that SCP-2362 was reduced to its current state during a collision with
a Kuiper Belt object of comparable size (situational contingency protocol 2362-C). Any civilian or government probes sent to
investigate SCP-2362 or SCP-2362-1 must be intercepted. Researchers interpreting data from the Foundation
lunar radio observatory are to notify O5 command of any changes in the trajectory of SCP-2362-1
immediately. Description: SCP-2362 is the designation of
Pluto, an interior Kuiper Belt object, following the discovery of its organic composition by
Foundation researchers in 1983. SCP-2362 is currently a trans-Neptunian debris
field orbiting the Sun with an aphelion of 48.9 AU, a perihelion of 29.7 AU, a mean eccentricity
of 0.248, and an orbital period of 248 years. SCP-2362 was reduced to this state during
the emergence of SCP-2362-1 from its southern pole (see event log 2362-A). SCP-2362-1 is an object approximately 900
km in length, consisting of a bell-shaped mass with thirteen trailing appendages and
generally resembling a jellyfish of the genus Pelagia. It radiates blue light and has no discernible
surface features. SCP-2362-1 is able to propel itself by expanding
and contracting its appendages. The mechanism of this propulsion is poorly
understood, but may have some similarity to conventional ion propulsion given the stream
of charged particles detected in the object’s wake. Upon its emergence, the natural satellites
of SCP-2362 were torn apart by tidal forces and now form part of the debris field. SCP-2362-1 is currently following an escape
trajectory as it heads towards the vicinity of Barnard’s Star at a speed exceeding 30,000
m/s. As it is estimated to leave the solar system
at some point within the year 20██, the object is not considered a threat to life
on Earth at this point in time. While SCP-2362 is visible from Earth through
high power telescopes, the debris field is dense enough that a difference from its appearance
previous to event 2362-A is only perceptible with the telescopes of some observatories
and artificial satellites. MTF Omicron-12 has infiltrated said observatories
and satellites, preventing them from obtaining new images of SCP-2362 (including images of
SCP-2362 fragments that have left the vicinity of the debris field) or any images of SCP-2362-1. Foundation probe 76EU (“Eurydice”) is currently
en route to SCP-2362-1. Event Log 2362-A: 05/05/2006: Radar data from Foundation probe
45OR (“Orpheus”), currently in orbit of SCP-2362, indicates that the central mass
of the object is rapidly shifting towards its southern pole. While SCP-2362 is already suspected to be
of biological origin given its exclusively organic composition, a hypothesis that SCP-2362
is a living organism is put forward by the Orpheus research team stationed at Site-██. 05/21/2006: Orpheus data indicates that the
surface of SCP-2362 is beginning to disintegrate. Large fissures open across the object as material
begins to slough off and form a cloud around it. 06/10/2006: A gigantic fissure begins to open
across the object’s southern pole. Fissure measures approximately 50 km in length
and 10 km in width. 06/11/2006: Fissure measures approximately
230 km in length and 50 km in width. 06/12/2006: Fissure measures approximately
950 km in length and 370 km in width. Orbits of satellites are noticeably deteriorating. 06/23/2006: Thirteen masses begin to protrude
from southern fissure, each 50 km across. Seven of the masses appear to be pushing against
one side of the fissure with six pushing against the other side. 06/27/2006: Fissure widens to fully encompass
SCP-2362 as the thirteen masses further protrude from it. The object splits into two halves, revealing
that SCP-2362 is a hollow shell around its central mass. Central mass is designated
as SCP-2362-1. 07/04/2006: SCP-2362-1 departs from vicinity
of SCP-2362. As SCP-2362-1 contracts and expands its appendages,
the object somehow achieves a constant acceleration of approximately 10 m/s2. As SCP-2362-1 leaves SCP-2362 behind, its
tidal forces tear it and its satellites apart, forming a large debris field. SCP-2362-1 ceases acceleration after approximately
50 minutes, bringing its speed to over 30,000 m/s. Addendum 1: Following infiltration by MTF
Omicron-12, the International Astronomical Union revoked the status of “Pluto” as
a planet on 08/24/2006 . While creating controversy and greatly increasing the exposure of SCP-2362
in the short term, it is deemed necessary for discouraging public interest in it in
the long term. SCP-2362 will remain known to scientists and
astronomy enthusiasts, but common knowledge of SCP-2362 will likely subside within one
to two generations as it is no longer included in textbook lists of planets and receives
less attention from educational programming. Addendum 2: While the NASA probe “New Horizons”
is intended to provide the public with the first detailed images of SCP-2362, MTF Omicron-12
has successfully intercepted the mission and is releasing false data accordingly. Fortunately as with most NASA missions, public
interest is sufficiently low, so it is considered to be of little risk. Addendum 3: Recently gathered spectrographic
data suggests that trans-Neptunian objects Haumea, Eris, and Makemake are of similar
organic composition to SCP-2362. Foundation
probes 87KA (“Kaulu”), 88AL (“Algos”), and 89TA (“Tangata”) are currently en route to
these objects respectively. Foundation astronomers are now conducting
mass spectral analysis of Kuiper Belt and Scattered Disk objects.

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