Area 51, Nevada - (Cool Yule News): NASA HQ sources said today a huge
breakaway chunk of black opal from Halley's Comet has been detected orbiting the periphery of the moon.
Its emergence comes ahead of the Winter Solstice lunar eclipse on Tuesday, the first such cosmic event for nearly 500 years.
The huge pyramid-shaped precious stone fragment apparently once formed part of the legendary comet, first sighted over ancient Sumeria at the start of Yule in 2500BC.
Several breakaway boulders have since fallen to Earth including the fabled Tunguska fragment which shattered the northern Russian tundra in 1911.
An impact explosion in 1986 saw a large chunk of the dark opal plunge to Earth during the legendary total solar eclipse of 1st April.
The 25,000-carat nugget was eventually traced to Lightning Ridge in Australia before being claimed by miners from the Lunatic Hill Mining Syndicate.
Gemologists said today telescope images of the precious lunar orbiter show it is banded with gold and platinum seams - making it worth potentially hundreds of billions of dollars
Plans to land an unmanned craft and attach gigantic tow ropes to the satellite are just one of NASA's plans to harness the immense wealth of the phenomenon.
And in an eerie twist to the comet tail this afternoon a Sandringham, Norfolk housewife, a Mrs E Mountbatten is reported to be the first person to actually lay ownership claims to the fabulous chunk.
The chances of her succeeding have been described as risible.