Tonight in the skies of Montreal around 6:06 pm, we'll be able to catch a glimpse of the US spy satellite - US193. It will appear as a bright, noiseless white light - moving steadily across the sky. But you can tell your friends who aren't in the know, that you're expecting the mothership to arrive around this time, and ask if they wouldn't mind putting on their tin foil hats and looking out for it.
US193 is a spy satellite that was sent up last year. Shortly after it was sent up, the US lost control of it. So, it's been floating around up there ever since. The US military is thinking of shooting it down soon though, because it's getting uncomfortably close to earth.
Oh, one other thing. The satellite is the size of a bus!
Now, let us chew on this for a moment. A SPY satellite. The size of a BUS. I am going to spy on you but I am going to do so using the biggest, clunkiest most obvious contraption I can muster. It's like a fat guy hiding behind a sapling. If Dateline NBC can hide a camera up a guy's nostril - can we not make a spy satellite at least the size of a Smartcar?
Anyway, when I hear the term "bus-sized", I like imagining the satellite as actually looking like one. Just a random space bus cruising through the ether, filled with little alien kids on their way to space school. Then I could flag it down and ask for a transfer to Uranus.