2010 Odyssey Dark Spot V2 is now followed by 2010 Odyssey Dark Spot and Monolith V3
2010: Odyssey Two is a best-selling science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke,
which was published in January 1982.
An apparition of Bowman appears before Floyd (shaping itself from dust),
warning him that they must leave Jupiter within fifteen days.
Floyd has difficulty convincing the rest of the crew, at first,
but then the monolith vanishes from orbit
and a mysterious dark spot on Jupiter begins
to form and starts growing.
HAL’s telescope observations reveal that the Great Black Spot is,
in fact, a vast population of monoliths, increasing at a geometric rate,
which appear to be eating the planet.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (SL9,
formally designated D/1993 F2) was a comet
that broke apart and collided with Jupiter in July 1994,
providing the first direct observation
of an extraterrestrial collision of solar system objects.
This generated a large amount of coverage in the popular media,
and SL9 was closely observed by astronomers worldwide.
The collision provided new information about Jupiter and highlighted
its role in reducing space debris in the inner solar system.
Observers soon saw a huge dark spot after the first impact.
This impact created a giant dark spot over 12,000 km across,
and was estimated to have released an energy equivalent
to 6,000,000 megatons of TNT
(600 times the world’s nuclear arsenal).
The visible scars from the impacts could be seen on Jupiter
for many months.
They were extremely prominent, and observers described them
as more easily visible even than the Great Red Spot.
A search of historical observations revealed that the spots
were probably the most prominent transient features ever seen
on the planet, and that while the Great Red Spot is notable
for its striking color, no spots of the size and darkness
of those caused by the SL9 impacts have ever been recorded before.
On July 19, 2009, a new black spot about the size of the Pacific Ocean
appeared in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere.
Thermal infrared analysis showed it was warm
and spectroscopic methods detected ammonia.
JPL scientists concluded that another impact event had occurred,
probably a small undiscovered comet or other icy body.
The extraterrestrial species that built the monoliths is never described in much detail, but some knowledge of its existence is given to Dave Bowman after he is transported by the stargate to the “cosmic zoo”, as detailed in the novels 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: Odyssey Two. The existence of this species is only hypothesized by the rest of humanity, but it is obvious because the monolith was immediately identified as an artefact of non-human origin.
The extraterrestrial species that built the monoliths developed intergalactic travel millions or perhaps billions of years before the present time. In the novels, Clarke refers to them as the “Firstborn” (not to be confused with the identically-named race in Arthur C. Clarke’s and Stephen Baxter‘s Time Odyssey Series) since they were quite possibly the first sentient species to possess a significant capability of interstellar travel. Members of this species explored the universe in the search of knowledge, and especially knowledge about other intelligent species.
In Clarke’s Novel , humans discover the monolith buried in the Moon.
In actual events humans discovered a monolith or what apparently seems one on Phobos :
..and they planned and plan to reach that surface to further investigations about it.