Millennia ago, P5C-353 was dying. The native microscopic organisms created an orb where they slept for 100,000 years. Made of several unfamiliar and very dense materials including two unknown elements and a non-terrestrial alloy shell several hundred times stronger than steel, the orb was designed to absorb energy and was covered with microscopic writing equivalent to a thousand pages of text. It contained an advanced power source that would last for thousands of years, and which maintained an interior temperature of 33F, generated an electromagnetic field, and emitted small amounts of alpha, gamma, and delta radiation. SG-1 believed the orb to be a time capsule, and they returned with it to Earth. In a living environment, however, the orb activated. Its radiation increased, the temperature rose to 149F, and it sent out spikes, which impaled O'Neill, embedding itself in the facility.

Cross Reference: Orb Organisms, P5C-353

Episode Reference: Message in a Bottle