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# 1 Astronomers lose asteroid
02-20-2014, 01:27 PM
http://io9.com/the-mammoth-asteroid-...jus-1525397161

So the big rock that was supposed to buzz our blue planet went missing. So let the speculation run wild. (As stated in the article, it's quite likely someone goofed up on their math.)

Cue the 4d scout guy claiming it was aliens in 5... 4... 3... 2...
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# 2
02-20-2014, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by kojirohellfire View Post
http://io9.com/the-mammoth-asteroid-...jus-1525397161

So the big rock that was supposed to buzz our blue planet went missing. So let the speculation run wild. (As stated in the article, it's quite likely someone goofed up on their math.)

Cue the 4d scout guy claiming it was aliens in 5... 4... 3... 2...
How the hell do you just 'lose' an asteroid?
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# 3
02-20-2014, 01:36 PM
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How the hell do you just 'lose' an asteroid?
It's more likely than you think: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_asteroid

Last edited by kojirohellfire; 02-20-2014 at 02:00 PM.
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# 4
02-20-2014, 01:37 PM
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How the hell do you just 'lose' an asteroid?
It isn't where I left it just a minute ago!


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# 5
02-20-2014, 01:39 PM
Niiiiiice. Very nice.

10 bars of latinum says the 4d scout guy will complain it's because of some guy or other with a name like Eternal Majestic Lord Villinus with an antimatter-powered beam boat or something.

That or the Men In Black. I bet it was Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
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# 6
02-20-2014, 01:44 PM
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Niiiiiice. Very nice.

10 bars of latinum says the 4d scout guy will complain it's because of some guy or other with a name like Eternal Majestic Lord Villinus with an antimatter-powered beam boat or something.

That or the Men In Black. I bet it was Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
Maybe it was SG-1?

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# 7
02-20-2014, 01:46 PM
Have they tried looking under the sofa or behind the fridge?

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# 8
02-20-2014, 01:50 PM
got close to sensor range and warped away
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# 9
02-20-2014, 01:57 PM
Quote from the article:
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asteroid 2000 EM26, with a diameter of 885 feet, roughly three football fields, has been quite elusive since its discovery. According to broadcast, the asteroid was discovered in 2000 and was observed 32 times but has not been seen since March 14, 2000.
What the article leaves out is that it was first observed on March 5, 2000. So all confirmed observations were within a 9 day range, which is a pretty bad data set to accurately predict an orbit. Apparently several dozen attempts to find it have failed in the last fourteen years.

I'm kind of surprised it wasn't already considered lost.
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# 10
02-20-2014, 01:58 PM
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the true number of lost asteroids by some definitions is over 150000.
lol. I wonder what that figure looks like when you toss out all the refound ones?
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