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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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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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