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no reg link... (5, Informative)

sweeney37 (325921) | about 10 years ago | (#8688914)

Here's a link to Discovery Channel's coverage [discovery.com] without the need for registration.

Mike

WARNING: tubgirl (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689009)

You filthy white piG!

Mod Parent Down, Link works fine. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689061)

troll.

Did we Slashdotted NASA? (2, Redundant)

BohKnower (586304) | about 10 years ago | (#8689062)

It will be the first time I ever saw this [nasa.gov] .

Re:Did we Slashdotted NASA? (5, Funny)

Cheo (730562) | about 10 years ago | (#8689093)

It looks like NASA has been Slashdotted
"Orbit diagram page temporarily unavailable due to high server load."

Is it visible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688915)

Didn't want to break with tradition and RTFA, so, can I see it? Naked eye?

frost piss! (-1)

xtrucial (674445) | about 10 years ago | (#8688916)

it owns j00

Obligatory SW Quote (5, Funny)

OverlordQ (264228) | about 10 years ago | (#8688917)

"That's no Moon!"

For fuck's sake, parent comment is NOT. FUNNY. (0, Flamebait)

James A. M. Joyce (764379) | about 10 years ago | (#8688957)

Obligatory Star Wars, Obligatory Simpsons, Obligatory Futurama, Obligatory Family Guy and Obligatory bash.org quotes MUST FUCKING DIE. They're not funny anymore. It's an idiotic configuration of three words. Goddammit.

It's as if.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689053)

A single voice cried out in horror, and was suddenly silenced.

Re:For fuck's sake, parent comment is NOT. FUNNY. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689083)

"Watch it kid, or you'll be floating home"

Re:Obligatory SW Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689010)

SW? What software are you referring to?

Re:Obligatory SW Quote (1, Informative)

aceat64 (706106) | about 10 years ago | (#8689045)

SW = Star Wars. I hope you were joking, because that's just sad.

Re:Obligatory SW Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689180)

SW = SoftWare. I hope you were joking, because that's just sad.

So... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688922)

Anybody ever play "The Dig"?

Re:So... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688995)

yup; one of lucasarts' best games ever

next couple of ears... (-1, Redundant)

profjohn (673477) | about 10 years ago | (#8688924)

like circling uranus looking for klingons?

Re:next couple of ears... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689032)

Ur Anus ????

AHH (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688925)

that means its going to kill us

Next couple of ears? (4, Funny)

Metallic Matty (579124) | about 10 years ago | (#8688927)

... which will encircle us for the next couple of ears...

I'm unfamiliar with this unit of measurement.

Re:Next couple of ears? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688935)

I think it might be a Ferengi unit of measurement?

Re:Next couple of ears? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688941)

Final front-ear?

Re:Next couple of ears? (5, Funny)

gmac63 (12603) | about 10 years ago | (#8688958)

JFYI,

Its a Biological measurement. Closely akin to the (distance/orbit^2)/r*(1 - n) mosquitos travel when they are in audible range (where r is the rate of travel and n is the number of mosquitos in any given area^3).

Thought that would help.

Re:Next couple of ears? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688959)

But why? why? why?

er... sorry. Y! Y! Y!

Re:Next couple of ears? (3, Funny)

Roofus (15591) | about 10 years ago | (#8688960)

Think of it as 1/10 of a Volkswagon .

Dimensional analysis be damned! This is Slashdot, I can mix units of length and time if I please.

Re:Next couple of ears? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688973)

it's measured in units of "Cerumens".

Re:Next couple of ears? (1)

biet (632569) | about 10 years ago | (#8688989)

Well I think it's meant that it will encircle the earth with a couple of ears... Will Disney create the first astro-ad ???

Re:Next couple of ears? (4, Funny)

whiteranger99x (235024) | about 10 years ago | (#8688990)

... which will encircle us for the next couple of ears...

I'm unfamiliar with this unit of measurement.


Actually, to give you a better understanding heres a conversion table:

1 ear = 2 eyes
1 hand = 3 ears
5 ears = 1 feet
1 tongue = 1 ear

or even as Mike Tyson shows us...

a half ear = his teeth and mouth

Class Dismissed!! :P

Re:Next couple of ears? (2, Interesting)

asink (106056) | about 10 years ago | (#8689063)

An 'ear' is shorthand for an earful. It is a rather subjective form of measurement. In other words, they are saying that scientists will bore more than a few people to death before the meteor drifts off. This phenomena is similar to what happened over hale-bop, where those scientists bored that entire cult to death!

Re:Next couple of ears? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689165)

I think they're referring to the lifespan of this kitten. [cnn.com]

Ears? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688928)

As long as it's not circling Uranus, I think we'll be ok.

[/required]

Slashdotting java (4, Funny)

Stevyn (691306) | about 10 years ago | (#8688931)

Have you no remorse? It's one thing to slashdot a web page, but java? You can't rightly do that!

Yeah I know, it's a joke. The class is just like any other static file.

'next couple of ears' (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688933)

How long is that in earth time?

Editors, wake up. (4, Funny)

Pollux (102520) | about 10 years ago | (#8688937)

Earth has acquired a so called quasi-moon, an asteroid: 2003 YN1, which will encircle us for the next couple of ears .

And exactly whose ears are we going to sacrifice to the asteroid god in order to have it here in our presence?

Re:Editors, wake up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689123)

I get two ears to the hogshead. I leave the rest of the conversion as an excercise for the reader.

News24? (0, Offtopic)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | about 10 years ago | (#8688938)

I've never heard of this site, but I expect you'll hear a lot of complaints...

"KuduClub requires a small, monthly fee from US$2,95 or US$9.95 for the broadband package."

At least the New York Times only steals your soul... this actually takes your money. Anyone have a link/text/whatever so we can read it?

So it's not a threat (4, Interesting)

Space cowboy (13680) | about 10 years ago | (#8688939)

Despite the warnings about only 2-body maths being used in the applet, it's too tempting not to run it forwards and backwards a bit just to see... It turns out the closest approach would have been roughly a week before it was noticed on Dec 8th 2003, at 0.0455 AU or ~6,807,000 km. A fair old distance :-)

I guess it's not too often you get your own asteroid orbiting, but this is still going to be a looong way away for a lot of the time. Maybe when it does get close though, we can send something up to it - beats the hell out of going out to the Oort cloud, even if you do find a few planets along the way :-)

Simon

Re:So it's not a threat (4, Informative)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | about 10 years ago | (#8688974)

I think the "moon" label is very inaccurate. It's not orbiting anything but the Sun. It's also, as you noted, much farther away than our own moon. According to the Java applet (which is pretty cool, btw) the asteroid will be on the other side of the sun for a lot of the time (and even outside the orbit of Mars).

Catchy, but misleading headline. Still pretty neat, though.

I wonder... (4, Interesting)

TexasDex (709519) | about 10 years ago | (#8688942)

What sort of eclipse can we expect from this? To experience a solar eclipse from a temporary sattelite would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Re:I wonder... (3, Interesting)

raymo03 (737701) | about 10 years ago | (#8688969)

I don't think it would even be possible to have an eclipse caused by such a (relatively) small object at that great a distance.

Re:I wonder... (distributed astronomy) (4, Informative)

G4from128k (686170) | about 10 years ago | (#8689047)

There is an entire branch of astronomy that uses distributed observations to map the size and shapes of asteroids using occultations (eclipses with distant stars). When an asteroid passes in front a distant star, the star winks out and then reappears. Knowing the duration (start and stop times) of the occultation, the location of the observer, and the orbits of the Erath and asteroid lets people estimate the size and shape of the asteroid. International Occultation and Timing Association [lunar-occultations.com] collects data from telescopes around the world (many in the hands of hobbyists) and uses the data to make these estimates.

Re:I wonder... (4, Informative)

tverbeek (457094) | about 10 years ago | (#8689142)

What sort of eclipse can we expect from this?

The kind that you wouldn't be able to detect (except maybe by careful monitoring of the sun with a well-filtered telescope pointed at exactly the right spot). Imagine something much smaller than the moon and even farther away passing in front of the sun. That's what this is.

To experience a solar eclipse from a temporary sattelite would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If it were noticeable. But temporary satellites (like the ISS) cast (highly-attenuated) shadows on the Earth every day.

Re:I wonder... (1)

Waffle Iron (339739) | about 10 years ago | (#8689174)

What sort of eclipse can we expect from this? To experience a solar eclipse from a temporary sattelite would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Given that it's only about 100 meters in diameter, seeing its eclipse would truly would a once-in-a-lifetime experience; in fact, your last experience. That's becuase to see a noticeable shadow you would have to be within a few kilometers of the asteroid. That would mean that it would be within a few milliseconds of impacting with multimegaton force in your general vicinity.

"Our" moon? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688966)

If it's orbiting the sun, then how can it be called "our" moon? Just because it's vaguely in our vicinity?

Isn't it Cruithne??? (4, Informative)

Pig Hogger (10379) | about 10 years ago | (#8688978)

Doesn't the Earth already has a second moon, Cruithne [burtleburtle.net] ???

And this is a dupe from 4 years ago.

Earth's Second Moon [slashdot.org] 2nd Moon Orbiting Earth Discovered [slashdot.org]

Re:Isn't it Cruithne??? (5, Informative)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | about 10 years ago | (#8689014)

According to the Discovery Channel article linked elsewhere, 2003 YN17 is at least the fourth moon. The three others are the real moon (Luna, as some call it), Cruithne, and 2002 AA29.

Have the other two left already/have there been others in the past?

Re:Isn't it Cruithne??? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689148)

Luna, as some call it

You mean, like the millions of people who speak spanish natively or as a foreign language?

Ears? (3, Funny)

payndz (589033) | about 10 years ago | (#8688984)

Would those be the final front-ears?

Re:Ears? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689007)

Hahaha, did anyone else notice they typoed years into ears? Funneh!!!

Site must be running LinSux (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8688999)

Because it doesn't work. Fuck all of you little faggot LinSux queers.

since 1996? (2, Interesting)

adam mcmaster (697132) | about 10 years ago | (#8689000)

"Since 1996, its path has taken it round the earth, making it a quasi-satellite. This phase will last until 2006," the report said.
if it's been in orbit since 1996, why has it only just been found? I'm quite curious

Re:since 1996? (2, Insightful)

KD5YPT (714783) | about 10 years ago | (#8689059)

Space is big, asteroid is tiny compare to space. Plus with all those space junk up there, it's literally looking for a grain of pepper in a sea of salt.

Re:since 1996? (1)

dangermouse (2242) | about 10 years ago | (#8689070)

if it's been in orbit since 1996, why has it only just been found? I'm quite curious

Take all of your socks out of their drawer. Put one sock from each pair back in the drawer. Now close your eyes, spin around, and fling the other ones 7,000,000 km in random directions. Spin around some more and open your eyes.

Good luck finding matching socks.

Re:since 1996? (1)

The Monster (227884) | about 10 years ago | (#8689120)

if it's been in orbit since 1996, why has it only just been found?
(Well, it isn't really 'in orbit'. If it were, it would stay that way indefinitely, not 'leave orbit' 10 years later.)

Because it's really small. It was discovered when it was very close to its point of closest approach to the Earth. Since that time, it's been tracked well enough that it's possible to project that path into the future and the past to arrive at the 10-year 'phase' statement.

Horseshoe? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689005)

"..while it orbits the sun on a horse-shoe shaped path..."

If only Isac Newton knew this...

Re:Horseshoe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689068)

Of course, Isaac Newton was only talking about the 2 -body problem, not the general N-body problem. :)

No kidding (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689100)

If a horse had dropped on him we wouldn't have to take calculus classes...

send up something to it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689025)

Where is this thing going after being here for a few years?
Maybe it could be interesting to send up some equipment to it, and get it a long way without fuel costs.
Maybe we can get interesting pictures from places we never thought would be any interesting.

SEND BRUCE WILLIS (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689035)

he'll know what to do

Re:SEND BRUCE WILLIS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689069)

Send his hot daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law for hot space sex.

Bang the stuffing outta Brooke Burns? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689110)

I know that's what I'd do.

Re:Bang the stuffing outta Brooke Burns? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689134)

No, you idiot. Liv Tyler [imdb.com] was the hot chick in that movie.

Wake up the Fuerher (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689037)

Does Fuerher Dubya want to visit it?

Feel the wrath of Slashdot... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689049)

"Orbit diagram page temporarily unavailable due to high server load"

Bwaahaaahhhaaaahhhaaaaaahhhhh!!!

Poor Server (1)

SportyGeek (694769) | about 10 years ago | (#8689051)

You just HAD to put the link in the description.....poor server. Orbit diagram page temporarily unavailable due to high server load. NEO Home Page

Not the first "quasi-moon" for Earth (5, Informative)

StupendousMan (69768) | about 10 years ago | (#8689055)

This is the third asteroid we've found which has an orbit tied loosely to that of the Earth. The others are 3753 Cruithne and 2002 AA29. You can see pictures and applets and read about these other bodies at Paul Wiegert's web site:

http://www.astro.uwo.ca/~wiegert/ [astro.uwo.ca]

space station (0)

sploxx (622853) | about 10 years ago | (#8689065)

Hey, let's change orbit of that thing and have another space station, this time on a real celestial body :)

Re:space station (4, Interesting)

garyrich (30652) | about 10 years ago | (#8689105)

Also the first thing I thought of. Why the Hell not? How much delta-v would it take to push it into a stable orbit. Sounds like a better use of $$ than a lunar base. At least a lunar base as a jumping off point for Mars. This thing (or Cruithne) seem destined to become space stations at some point - why not now?

It's the Tholians (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8689072)

They're here to put the kibash on any more plans for Mars.

uh wha'zat? (4, Interesting)

aztektum (170569) | about 10 years ago | (#8689074)

"...it orbits the sun on a horse-shoe shaped path."

It sticks itself in reverse to avoid making a complete loop.

But how can this be a moon of Earth if it orbits THE SUN?

Re:uh wha'zat? (3, Interesting)

JordanH (75307) | about 10 years ago | (#8689182)

The Moon, you know the original one that's about 1/5 th the size of the earth and has been recognized since prehistory, is a moon of the Earth and it orbits THE SUN.

The old Moon's orbit is even eccentric toward the Sun when it's sunward of the earth. This new object's eccentricity toward the Sun is just much much greater.

Let's NAME it!! (2, Interesting)

neBelcnU (663059) | about 10 years ago | (#8689084)

I wanted to call it "George" but the teenager in the house has christened it "Foof." (Two o's, like "moon". Her 1st draft was naturally scatological.) C'mon /.ers, let's come up with a name!

As predicted by Nostradamus !!! (3, Funny)

DangerSteel (749051) | about 10 years ago | (#8689157)

Let me go find that quatrain. I'm sure there was something about millions dead and nuclear winter and slashdotting the original site...

Selling Quasi-land... (-1)

Ninwa (583633) | about 10 years ago | (#8689163)

I claim this temporary flying...thing... and I'm selling land at 5 dollars an acre... any takers?

Simpsons quote (2, Funny)

CrackedButter (646746) | about 10 years ago | (#8689166)


Aussie: That ain't a planet, this IS a planet.
Bart: That no planet, thats a quasi moon.
Aussie: Alright alright, I see you've played planetry quasi moony before then.

What's up with all the asteroids? (1)

Gary Destruction (683101) | about 10 years ago | (#8689176)

Damn. What's up with all these asteroids in the last several years? There's been several close passes by these things. Is the asteroid belt giving throwing these things?
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