Lt. Commander
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Captain, we have an enemy signal contact. It appears a Klingon vessel has infiltrated the Solar System.
(Check out the photo!)

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http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2....htm?list65200
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids. Astronomers have long thought that the asteroid belt is being ground down through collisions, but such a smashup has never been seen before.

And incidentally, what did the mods do to the Offtopic forum?
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# 2
02-15-2010, 01:56 AM
not again
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# 3
02-15-2010, 01:57 AM
And incidentally, how many times has this been posted here?
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# 4
02-15-2010, 01:59 AM
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And incidentally, how many times has this been posted here?
ive totally lost count, but Im sure theres enouph at this point to call it quits
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# 5
02-15-2010, 02:29 AM
I remember 3 other threads so that's 4 in Ten Forward only.
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# 6
02-15-2010, 04:26 AM
Well, even though the whole "Romulan Bird of Prey" "Klingon Bird of Prey" thing has been beaten to death...

Do you realize what the chances are of two asteroids actually colliding? And then us SEEING it? That's truly amazing.

Let me put it in terms of scale.

We send probes and unmanned space vessels through our system's asteroid belt on a regular basis. Now, asteroid belts are NOT the way they appear in the movies. They're not "thickets" of asteroids. They're actually quite dense on a cosmic scale, but the only way our probes would so much as SEE an asteroid during their journey is if we were to actually intentionally AIM the probe TOWARDS one. That's how far apart they are.

So the chances of two asteroids colliding in something as BIG as space - close enough for us to observe it - is astronomically (no pun intended) low. The fact that we actually caught it on camera is even more amazing.
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