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Say hello to our new moon
AFP ^ | Fri Mar 26, 2004

Posted on 03/29/2004 12:13:58 PM PST by presidio9

Earth has acquired a "quasi-moon" -- an asteroid that will encircle our planet for the next couple of years while it orbits the sun on a horseshoe-shaped path, according to a report to be published on Saturday in New Scientist.

The asteroid, 2003 YN17, "is probably a chunk of debris" from an impact between a larger space rock and the surface of the moon, the British weekly says.

2003 YN17's orbital plane is roughly the same as the earth's, but its unusual path, compounded by a corkscrew-like track, means that sometimes it is ahead of us and sometimes it is behind.

"Since 1996, its path has taken it round the earth, making it a quasi-satellite. This phase will last until 2006," the report says.

The finders are a team led by Paul Chodas, an asteroid specialist at NASA (news - web sites)'s famed Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

Two other "quasi-moons" -- temporary fellow-travellers that loop around the earth for while as they girdle the sun -- have been spotted in recent years: Cluithne and asteroid 2002 AA29.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2002aa29; 2003aa29; 2003yn17; 2006rh120; cluithne; cruithne; moon; rh120
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1 posted on 03/29/2004 12:13:58 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9
means that sometimes it is ahead of us and sometimes it is behind.

So, it's an asteroid when it's behind us and a headeroid when it's ahead of us?

2 posted on 03/29/2004 12:21:34 PM PST by b4its2late (I love defenseless animals, especially in a good gravy.)
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To: presidio9
Earth has acquired a "quasi-moon" -- an asteroid that will encircle our planet...

They mean it will CIRCLE our planet.

3 posted on 03/29/2004 12:27:40 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: b4its2late
When it burns up it becomes a hemorrhoid, right?
4 posted on 03/29/2004 12:29:39 PM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: b4its2late
means that sometimes it is ahead of us and sometimes it is behind.

So, it's an asteroid when it's behind us and a headeroid when it's ahead of us?

And when it's a boy it's a 'Himeroid'.

5 posted on 03/29/2004 12:29:39 PM PST by jtminton (<><)
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To: presidio9
I see 2003 YN17,
2003 YN17 sees me.
Good night, 2003 YN17.
Good night, me.
6 posted on 03/29/2004 12:35:45 PM PST by shezza (The man in that moon looks like a frog!)
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To: shezza
Fly me to 2003 YN17,
and let me play among the stars...
7 posted on 03/29/2004 12:41:52 PM PST by presidio9 (protectionism is a false god)
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To: presidio9

Funny! I'd swear that's the same picture they used in all those old BattleStar Glactica shows.

8 posted on 03/29/2004 12:41:54 PM PST by cuz_it_aint_their_money (The only way liberals win national elections is by pretending they're not liberals. - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: presidio9
compounded by a corkscrew-like track, means that sometimes it is ahead of us and sometimes it is behind.

So it's path flip-flops?

Shall we name this Asteroid Kerry?

9 posted on 03/29/2004 12:44:40 PM PST by NorCoGOP (We Don't Need a 9/10 President in a 9/11 World - Vote Bush)
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To: shezza
"...Don't go out tonight
Bound to take your life,
There's a Bad 2003 YN17 on the rise...."
10 posted on 03/29/2004 12:45:43 PM PST by theDentist (JOHN KERRY never saw a TAX he would not HIKE !)
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To: presidio9

Absolut Asteroid

11 posted on 03/29/2004 12:46:58 PM PST by dirtboy (Howard, we hardly knew ye. Not that we're complaining, mind you...)
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To: CJ Wolf
When it burns up it becomes a hemorrhoid, right?

Yes, but only while it's burning.

That is, of course, unless we slap it with a Preparation H bomb.

12 posted on 03/29/2004 12:48:25 PM PST by uglybiker (Too much horsepower is just enough. -- Carrol Shelby)
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To: theDentist
2003 YN17 Riverrrrr....
13 posted on 03/29/2004 12:50:38 PM PST by AngryJawa (Whatever.)
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To: AngryJawa
When 2003 YN17 hits your eye
like a big pizza pie, that's amore!
14 posted on 03/29/2004 12:56:31 PM PST by presidio9 (protectionism is a false god)
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To: Arthur McGowan
They have spell checkers, not logic checkers.
15 posted on 03/29/2004 1:00:31 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: presidio9
"By the light of 2003 YN17...
Of the silvery 2003 YN17..."
16 posted on 03/29/2004 1:05:44 PM PST by shezza
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To: Arthur McGowan
an asteroid that will encircle our planet... They mean it will CIRCLE our planet.

Not if we blow it into tiny smithereens that spread out in a disk like cloud. Sounds like NASA (which is only an extra letter removed from the NSA - did they really think they could fool us that easily?) is planning on testing some new toys and let their dastardly plans slip to the press . . . .

Sorry - I've been reading Clarke's testimony today and got stuck in freakish conspiracy mode.

17 posted on 03/29/2004 1:06:58 PM PST by FateAmenableToChange
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To: shezza
Blue 2003 YN17
You saw me standing alone...
18 posted on 03/29/2004 1:10:34 PM PST by kevkrom (The John Kerry Songbook: www.imakrom.com/kerrysongs)
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To: b4its2late
It's a hemorrhoid when it's behind us.
19 posted on 03/29/2004 1:12:58 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Rat Speak for once means what it say's: "we'll do 'ANYTHING' to beat GW Bush.!")
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To: presidio9
They found Jimmy Hoffa!
20 posted on 03/29/2004 1:17:56 PM PST by Zathras
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To: presidio9
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of 2003 YN17
James Bond movie - 2003 YN17 Raker
2003 YN17 Unit Zappa

21 posted on 03/29/2004 1:18:25 PM PST by Cymbaline
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To: presidio9
lol
22 posted on 03/29/2004 1:21:34 PM PST by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: b4its2late
LOL!! Thanks for the chortle!
23 posted on 03/29/2004 1:23:55 PM PST by bonfire
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To: FateAmenableToChange
Sorry - I've been reading Clarke's testimony today and got stuck in freakish conspiracy mode.

"..and where are my strawberries?"

24 posted on 03/29/2004 1:40:48 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :)
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To: bonfire
Don't let the stars get in your eyes

Don't let the 2003 YN17 break your heart........

25 posted on 03/29/2004 1:42:49 PM PST by Neenah ("It's Always Something!")
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To: Neenah
If you get caught betweeen the 2003 YN17 and New York City.
26 posted on 03/29/2004 1:50:48 PM PST by tiggs ( Are you a pacifist? No Sir! I'm a coward.)
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To: presidio9
This just might be the funniest thread I've ever seen, already!

The thing looks like its flipping us off, to me...Lord only knows what THAT Rorshach Test means...lol...

2003 YN17---sounds like a movie rating. Maybe there is a scene where someone gets to fooling around and 2003 YN17s somebody...
27 posted on 03/29/2004 1:56:07 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: tiggs
2003 YN17 Unit Zappa
28 posted on 03/29/2004 1:59:36 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (So you're a feminist - isn't that cute!)
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To: tiggs
Streets full of people, all alone

Rows full of houses, never home

Church full of singing, out of tune

Everyone's gone to the 2003 YN17

29 posted on 03/29/2004 2:03:57 PM PST by Neenah ("It's Always Something!")
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To: dirtboy
LOL, you've been staring at too many billboards.
30 posted on 03/29/2004 2:05:12 PM PST by Teacher317
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To: dirtboy; dighton; mhking; aculeus; hellinahandcart; Constitution Day; Tijeras_Slim; BlueLancer; ...

Absolut Asteroid

ROTFL

This is one of the funniest threads I've seen in a long while.

You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, 2003 YN17
Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine
oh yeah
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen

You're a teaser, you turn 'em on
Leave them burning and then you're gone
Looking out for another, anyone will do
You're in the mood for a dance
And when you get the chance

31 posted on 03/29/2004 2:06:25 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: dirtboy
Absolut Asteroid

And each time

It passes

We have time

To warn the masses

And even though they must

It looks like it'll never hit us...

Burma Shave.

32 posted on 03/29/2004 2:31:31 PM PST by mhking
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To: Thinkin' Gal
We like the 2003 YN17.
33 posted on 03/29/2004 2:32:57 PM PST by In_25_words_or_less
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To: presidio9
Say hello to our new moon

Oh, for the love of Mike, pull your pants up.

And for the record, I am interested in neither bulldogs or pressed fruit bowls, so you just keep right on walkin', Mister Man. ;)
34 posted on 03/29/2004 2:34:10 PM PST by Xenalyte (in memory of James Edward Peck, my grandfather, who passed on 3/23/04)
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To: theDentist
Blue 2003 YN17 of Kentucky, keep on shinin'...
35 posted on 03/29/2004 2:34:16 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: skinkinthegrass
"..and where are my strawberries?"

Lol

36 posted on 03/29/2004 2:34:57 PM PST by SupplySider
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To: Bacon Man; humblegunner; pax_et_bonum
Comedy gold ping! (I like the moon.)
37 posted on 03/29/2004 2:35:40 PM PST by Xenalyte (in memory of James Edward Peck, my grandfather, who passed on 3/23/04)
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To: uglybiker
>> Preparation H bomb <<

ROTFL!!! Good one. Thanks for the laugh!
38 posted on 03/29/2004 2:48:02 PM PST by appalachian_dweller (The RIGHT of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.)
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To: Xenalyte; Bacon Man; Hap; pax_et_bonum; Allegra
Bark at the 2003 YN17!!!


39 posted on 03/29/2004 2:49:16 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Thinkin' Gal
Well, it's a marvelous night for a 2003 YN17 dance,
With the stars up above in your eyes,
A fantabulous night to make romance,
Beneath the cover of October skies...

Hmmm...

And if I ever lose my hands, lose my plough, lose my land,
Oh if I ever lose my hands,
Oh if I ever lose my hands, lose my plough, lose my land
I won't have to work no more.

Oh, I'm being followed by a 2003 YN17 shadow, 2003 YN17 shadow, 2003 YN17 shadow...
Leapin and a hoppin' on a 2003 YN17 shadow, 2003 YN17 shadow, 2003 YN17 shadow...

40 posted on 03/29/2004 2:51:30 PM PST by general_re (The doors to Heaven and Hell are adjacent and identical... - Nikos Kazantzakis)
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To: general_re; In_25_words_or_less; aculeus

Rev. Sun Myung 2003 YN17

41 posted on 03/29/2004 3:02:38 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: general_re; Thinkin' Gal
Shine on, shine on, Harvest 2003 YN17
Up in the sky
I ain't had no lovin' since
January, February, June and July.

Snow time ain't no time to
Stay outdoors and spoon,
So shine one, shine on Harvest 2003 YN17
For me and my gal....
42 posted on 03/29/2004 3:10:06 PM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Neenah
Even a man who's pure of heart
And says his prayers by night
Can become a wolf when the Wolfbane blooms
And the autumn 2003 YN17 is bright

43 posted on 03/29/2004 3:17:10 PM PST by Salamander
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To: Xenalyte; humblegunner
I go out walkin' after midnight,
out in the 2003 YN17 light,
just hopin' you may be
somewhere a walkin' after midnight searchin' for me
44 posted on 03/29/2004 3:18:01 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Always finish what you st)
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To: tiggs
We Got to give this thing a real name. How about Reagania?
45 posted on 03/29/2004 3:21:12 PM PST by Hollywoodghost (Let he who would be free strike the first blow)
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To: Thinkin' Gal
Say it's only a paper 2003 YN17
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me
46 posted on 03/29/2004 3:27:05 PM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Hollywoodghost; NYC GOP Chick; firebrand; sauropod
How about Reagania?

The hell you say.

It's leaving us in two years, so let's call it Hillary.

47 posted on 03/29/2004 3:29:05 PM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: hellinahandcart

2003 YN17s Over My Hammy

48 posted on 03/29/2004 3:31:17 PM PST by general_re (The doors to Heaven and Hell are adjacent and identical... - Nikos Kazantzakis)
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To: b4its2late
...means that sometimes it is ahead of us and sometimes it is behind.

So, it's an asteroid when it's behind us and a headeroid when it's ahead of us?

No. That means it's a Kerryoid. It can't make up its mind on what position it wants to take.

49 posted on 03/29/2004 3:32:53 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (`,,`,,Election '04...It's going to be a bumpy ride,,`,,`)
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To: CJ Wolf
And you forgot the obvious.
If it lands at either the north pole or the south pole it would end up being a polaroid.
50 posted on 03/29/2004 3:40:09 PM PST by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gultch.)
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