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High School Sophomores Discover Asteroid

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the october-sky dept.

Space 126

Several readers sent us the story of three high school sophomores in Racine, Wisconsin who were just notified that a celestial body they had discovered during a science project has been verified as an asteroid. The students at Racine's Prairie School will be given the opportunity to name the asteroid in about four years. They used a telescope in New Mexico, belonging to a college in Michigan, that they controlled over the Net.

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126 comments

Uhoh (5, Funny)

DrXym (126579) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064548)

Let's hope its not called Wolf-Biederman

Re:Uhoh (2, Funny)

Kamineko (851857) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064680)

Curse your fast typing! :D

Re:Uhoh (4, Funny)

Goffee71 (628501) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064690)

I'm guessing it'll be called Asteroid '[INSERT SCHOOL BULLY'S NAME HERE] is a dickwad' -
that would be sweet revenge for all science class geeks.

Re:Uhoh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22064794)

Lucifer's Hammer, oh the memories...

Re:Uhoh (1)

Nazlfrag (1035012) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065160)

I'm voting for Jack Schitt!

Re:Uhoh (5, Funny)

gsslay (807818) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065174)

Nope.

It's going to be called omfg!noob!lol!111 Just so everyone knows how awesome and kewl it is.

Asteroid Name (1)

kryliss (72493) | more than 6 years ago | (#22068078)

mybffjill

Re:Uhoh (4, Funny)

BakaHoushi (786009) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065310)

This reminds me. I work part time at a grocery store, where I've seen a set of stuffed animals whom allow you to name stars. When you buy it, you get a code to go to some international astronomy society (I can't remember its name off the top of my head) where you get to give a name to a star somewhere out there.

Now, this is kinda cute, and something I'm sure little kids might enjoy, and it's not like we are running out of stars. But someday, I can't help but picture a fateful day when we try to explain to our once-peaceful alien neighbors why the citizens of Earth have chosen to name the sun that their planet revolves around "Mr. Snugglekins III."

Thus beginning an inter-galactic war that will leave trillions dead.

My point is, having anyone other than scientists naming celestial bodies is a potential recipe for disaster. God forbid these kids decide to name it "Dick Face" and the asteroid decides it would rather be a meteorite...

Re:Uhoh (4, Informative)

Gospodin (547743) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065608)

It might make you feel better to know that those star naming deals are scams. They are not creating official names. What they tell you (in very careful language) is that the name you choose will go in the [insert important-sounding catalog name]. But that catalog is really just one they keep. Scientists don't use it.

Also, according to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] , when these high-schoolers name the asteroid, the IAU gets to vet the name. If it's "Johnsmithisajerk", they'll probably say no.

Re:Uhoh (3, Funny)

boris111 (837756) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066526)

You mean that star my ex bought me meant nothing!

Re:Uhoh (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067042)

Ferris would be a cool name.

Re:Uhoh (1)

Kamokazi (1080091) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067288)

Yeah they're scams, but the few of us here or have (or had) girlfriends know that the average girl doesn't know that, and for $40 bucks you're off the hook for another anniversary and you get laid. (It's cooler than a stupid teddy-bear and looks better sitting around the house).

Re:Uhoh (1)

superskippy (772852) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067824)

So basically what you are saying is that women are stupid, but not stupid enough to go out with Slashdot readers.

Re:Uhoh (3, Funny)

DiscipleN2k (914143) | more than 6 years ago | (#22069516)

Worked great for my first anniversary. Seriously, how may great gifts can you get for the "paper" anniversary? For like $25, I was hero! Our 5th anniversary was even easier. I didn't even have to buy anything for "wood" ;)

Re:Uhoh (1)

AdamTrace (255409) | more than 6 years ago | (#22068354)

I hope so... :(

--John Smith

Re:Uhoh (2, Informative)

jank1887 (815982) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065892)

FYI: Toy name: Shining Stars website: www.shiningstars.com some international astronomy society: International Star Registry yup, the same guys that have been letting people buy star names for the past decade or so for about $50. The new $15 stuffed toy is a bargain. It even gives you a cheap Webkinz knockoff website to play on. Took my 6 year old less than a half hour to get thoroughly disgusted with it and request playing Webkinz next time. The toy itself is half decent though.

Re:Uhoh (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22066778)

I know one thing: those guys are going to get a lot more sex!

College in Michigan? (4, Interesting)

ejdmoo (193585) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067716)

Try Calvin College [calvin.edu] ...yeesh. Just because Taco went to Hope [hope.edu] (bitter rivals)...grumble grumble...

Pictures of the telescope [calvin.edu] .

Re:Uhoh (1)

mseidl (828824) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067748)

SELECT * FROM new_overlords

Re:Uhoh (2, Funny)

Korin43 (881732) | more than 6 years ago | (#22068482)

Did anyone else see the headline and think "What took them for long, I've been playing Asteroid for years.."?

Re:Uhoh (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22069344)

they're from Wisconsin and so am I so sorry to post a major spoiler but they're gonna name it either Packers, The Packers, or Packeroid :D

NEW COMMENT SYSTEM SUCKS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22064564)

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The new comment system IS WORKING! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22064716)

It's bottling up abusive people like you and keeping you swept under the rug where you belong.

"that they controlled over the Net" (-1, Offtopic)

zig007 (1097227) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064618)

They used a telescope in New Mexico, belonging to a college in Michigan, that they controlled over the Net.
I can't believe the fantastic things they can to over the Net these days.
My mother sent me two packs of kitten litter over the Net last week.
The Net is truly a useful Net.

The Net is also a great movie about the Net.

Did I mention I like referring to the tube- and pipe network as "the Net"?

Why wait 4 years? (5, Insightful)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064624)

Can anyone please explain to me please why they can name "their" asteroid in about 4 years? I mean, it's cool to wait a little to make sure everything is alright and this wasn't just speck dust on the lens...but 4 years seems a long time to peer-verify something like this and give them permission to name it.

Also: I suppose those guys must ace all those two-picture "spot the 10 differences" tests after this...

Re:Why wait 4 years? (4, Insightful)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064670)

Hmmm.. maybe it got something to do with the estimated 5yr orbit of the asteroid. One has to be sure that it is a unique one and not another one that strayed from its recorded orbit. (by collision with another asteroid)

A genuine question from a genuine ignoramus (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22064842)

One has to be sure that it is a unique one and not another one that strayed from its recorded orbit. (by collision with another asteroid)
I am not familiar with the system of naming, but how do they refer to the asteroid now? Whether or not it is unique seems irrelevant, since they still have to call it something. Presumably it's something like 'Asteroid ABCXYZ-31415' or something like that. So why can't they give it the name they want, and if it turns out not be unique, they just say "Asteroid PrincipleSkinnerBlimp turned out not be unique" as opposed to "Asteroid ABCXYZ-31415 turned out not to be unique"?

Re:A genuine question from a genuine ignoramus (1)

kundziad (1198601) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065038)

I would guess that if it's not unique, it already has a name and all the waiting is just to clear it up... Not to make any mess with double-naming.

Re:Why wait 4 years? (1)

slackoon (997078) | more than 6 years ago | (#22068534)

It would not take 4 years to do that though. Based on relative positions over a few months (lets say even a year due to difficulty acquiring telescope time) they can extrapolate the orbit. 4 years is quite excessive. I say it's well worth the wait though!!

Obviously (5, Funny)

Smordnys s'regrepsA (1160895) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064684)

Because they're in high school. If you let them to name the comet now, you'll only get suggestions such as "The Big ASSteroid" or "Your Junk" (I can just hear it now - "Your Junk is soo small, you need a telescope to find it"). I'm sure they're just giving them enough time to mature.

Re:Obviously (1)

fastest fascist (1086001) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064736)

yes, because certainly calling it "The Big ASSteroid" would totally discredit science as we know it.

Re:Obviously (2, Funny)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064778)

If you let them to name the comet now, you'll only get suggestions such as "The Big ASSteroid"

I vote for Mister Vacuumy Pants!

Re:Obviously (4, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064988)

No kidding. People have been laughing at Uranus for years. It's no wonder that astronomers worldwide don't want to repeat that mistake.

Re:Obviously (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066606)

No kidding. People have been laughing at Uranus for years

Maybe they've been laughing at yours but not at... oh, skip it.

Re:Obviously (3, Funny)

ibwolf (126465) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067534)

People have been laughing at Uranus for years. It's no wonder that astronomers worldwide don't want to repeat that mistake.
Indeed, I move that we immediately rectify the situation and rename that planet Urectum!

Re:Obviously (1)

Adambomb (118938) | more than 6 years ago | (#22068170)

Nahh, i'm pretty sure its not so much of a double entendre to the greeks.

Re:Obviously (1)

Moniker42 (1131485) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065018)

I agree, they're a possibility they would name it "your mom", leading to exchanges in the observatories like... "your mom's mass is so great she's going to destroy the earth!"

Re:Obviously (1)

Tailsfan (1200615) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065112)

LOL. You make any teenage boy laugh.

Re:Obviously (1)

rbanffy (584143) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065120)

"Your Junk is soo small, you need a telescope to find it"

"Asteroid Yurdick" would work a lot better with this one.

Re:Obviously (2, Informative)

KudyardRipling (1063612) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065290)

Names of which to be wary:

* S.C.Johnson, Horlick's, Case or other local manufacturer
* Arthur's Diner (fictional)
* names of models of AMC automobiles (Rambler, American, Classic, Ambassador, Matador, Javelin, Hornet, Gremlin, etc.) Oh ,wait, that's KENOSHA up the coast.
* Anything Danish.
* Max Hardcore

Re:Obviously (1)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066028)

They said in 4 years they'd let the highschool name it. That means nobody who's currently at the school will be there when it's time to name it.

Suckers!

Re:Obviously (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066222)

Actually if my understanding of the future [imdb.com] is correct, these sort of naming conventions will one day be the norm for astronomers (or "Star-Looking Smarty Fags" as they will be known then).

Re:Obviously (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22066672)

Did anybody here imagine they were all BLACK students? Of course not.
But remember, "We're all the same", or so the Jews keep telling us...

America has about ten years and then it will literally collapse: there are too many useless third world parasitic savages living there, and the sooner you whites wake up and demand separation from them, the better.

Re:Obviously (2, Funny)

Scroatzilla (672804) | more than 6 years ago | (#22068604)

In four years they will have matured enough to inject subtlety: Asteroid 3MTA3.

Re:Why wait 4 years? (5, Funny)

rpillala (583965) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064746)

It's because of the powerful asteroid naming lobby. Or the writer's strike.

Re:Why wait 4 years? (1)

segedunum (883035) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065030)

That's after it hits us.

Re:Why wait 4 years? (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065366)

Agreed. It should be like particle physics: awards should be given to those who DON'T discover a new particle :)

Re:Why wait 4 years? (1)

ryeinn (844805) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066468)

If I recall my Astronomy they have to know the trajectory of the orbit very precisely before naming the rock.

How does that work, exactly? (1)

rasman1978 (1158339) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064632)

Say I'm looking through a telescope at a bunch of bright orbs in the sky. How do I report one dot to the authorities to see if it's known yet or not?

Re:How does that work, exactly? (1)

Smordnys s'regrepsA (1160895) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064652)

Well, it helps if you know what you're looking for in the first place. Then you can spot things that don't belong. Do some research before you attempt to report, though, cause anything that you can see through a backyard telescope has a high probability of already being categorized.

Re:How does that work, exactly? (2, Informative)

yotto (590067) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064678)

You wait a while and check again to see if it moved.

.. or grew bigger :-) (1)

cheros (223479) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064938)

Just in case you're nicely in line with its trajectory :-).

So let me get this straight (4, Funny)

CFD339 (795926) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065114)

These kids are in high school. They're discovering new things. They spend a lot of time examining these new things they've discovered. They're to watch to see just how they move, and if the grow larger. Some time later, it is possible they'll have something named after them -- but they can't know for sure right away.

Yep. Sounds like high school to me.

too bad... (4, Funny)

Elminst (53259) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064664)

will be given the opportunity to name the asteroid in about four years.
Unfortunately, this will be 5 months after it collides with the earth.

This is more common than you'd think (5, Informative)

ThreeGigs (239452) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064708)

Bob Holmes' website:
http://ari.home.mchsi.com/index.htm/ [mchsi.com]

List of asteroids discovered this school year:
http://ari.home.mchsi.com/mp_discoveries_table_2007.htm/ [mchsi.com]

And some info on the telescope he uses to capture images:
http://bi-staff.beckman.uiuc.edu/~melockwo/telescopes/holmes32/holmes32.html/ [uiuc.edu]

Same deal as this article. He uploads pics for students at participating schools to work with.

Re:This is more common than you'd think (5, Funny)

CarAnalogy (1191053) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065062)

404 "Object not found!"

Does that mean he didn't find any yet?

Re:This is more common than you'd think (1)

DeeQ (1194763) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065088)

I love the fact this was modded to 5 for informative when NONE OF THE LINKS WORK.

Re:This is more common than you'd think (2, Informative)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065146)

Remove the last slash on all the links.

Yes, it was sloppy, but we all know that file extensions don't end with a slash, right..? :-)

Re:This is more common than you'd think (1)

jc42 (318812) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066020)

we all know that file extensions don't end with a slash, right..?

True, but directory pathnames do, and there's no reason that a directory's name can't contain a dot. I've seen a few sites that do this to categorize their files. Thus, for package foo, they might have a directory foo.html/ that contains the package's web pages, foo.jpeg/ that contains the package's images, and foo.pdf/ that contains the package's PDF files. Try it with your web server; you'll probably find that it works fine.

It's yet another reason that, back in the 1970s, the guys at Bell Labs that invented unix decided not to hard-code any suffix-to-type mappings. They were already dealing with networks of computers of mixed types, and had learned that you can't tell anything at all from a file's name. If you hard-code such knowledge into your file system, some perverse users of other systems will name their files in a way that your system misinterprets, and the only solution will be to rewrite part of your kernel. The only reliable way to determine file type is to examine the data. Any other clues (including HTTP headers and HTML META tags) can and often do lie about the data format.

This was rediscovered recently by the malware writers, who found that they could get their code into a lot of systems by merely putting a misleading suffix on a file name.

One of the fun parts of writing network code is all the web servers that send any unrecognized file suffixes as "Content-type: text/html". I've seen any number of network newbie programmers going through the throes of understanding that there's nothing at all you can do to make someone else's computer do this right, especially since some of them do it maliciously. All you can do is write code that's skeptical of such things, and tries to determine the actual format. Or you can write code that doesn't work right, which is easier (but doesn't work right ;-).

Working Links (1)

Somegeek (624100) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067290)

Bob Holmes' website:
http://ari.home.mchsi.com/index.htm [mchsi.com]

List of asteroids discovered this school year:
http://ari.home.mchsi.com/mp_discoveries_table_2007.htm [mchsi.com]

And some info on the telescope he uses to capture images:
http://bi-staff.beckman.uiuc.edu/~melockwo/telescopes/holmes32/holmes32.html [uiuc.edu]

Dottie (1, Offtopic)

bradjs (1067118) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064710)

Nah- they'll name it Dottie 'cause she's a vicious lifesucking bitch from which there is no escape

Re:Dottie (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22064756)

I had a 'boss' named Dottie! But she wasn't really my boss, I worked nights, she worked the day shift.. thank God.

Re:Dottie (0)

bradjs (1067118) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064792)

Offtopic my @$$ haven't you seen Armageddon?

Re:Dottie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22064984)

There's no "-1 Too Obscure" mod.

Re:Dottie (1)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065228)

I picked it. Deep Impact was still a better movie, though :p

Re:Dottie (1)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066074)

What movie was that?

Re:Dottie (1)

Zymergy (803632) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067428)

Actually, that was the best quote from the movie "Armageddon" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120591/ [imdb.com]

Re:Dottie (1)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067768)

Oh wow - I guess I only catch it about halfway through on TNT these days... Thanks!

These gaming articles are boring (5, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064774)

Yesterday we get "What Was Your First Gaming Experience" and today it's "High School Sophomores Discover Asteroids". So what? Who hasn't played Asteroids? [wikipedia.org]

OB Simpson reference! (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#22064846)

Kyle

I discovered Asteroids in grade school (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065008)

I liked the shield feature in Asteroids Deluxe better than the hyperspace feature in the original, though.

I doubt THEY really discovered it (5, Insightful)

Martian_Kyo (1161137) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065052)

The students also located other potential objects that may be asteroids, and are currently conducting follow-up research.

this leaves with the impression this guys just got lucky. It's like they identified each faint dot as an asteroid, and one just turned out to be exactly that. I imagine they just pointed at each dot

Students:Is this an asteroid?
someone knowledgeable:No
Students:Is this an asteroid?
someone knowledgeable:No
Students:Is this an asteroid?
someone knowledgeable:No..wait Yes
Students: Ha we are smart!

However I do give the students credit for initiative, it's refreshing to see that some kids still have interest in science (other then computing)

Re:I doubt THEY really discovered it (1)

Marcosll (1158487) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065172)

You call searching for asteroids with a telescope science? Singles Benalmadena [boxfiesta.com]

Re:I doubt THEY really discovered it (1)

Martian_Kyo (1161137) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065210)

science -The investigation of natural phenomena through observation, theoretical explanation, and experimentation, or the knowledge produced by such investigation.
so...yes.

Re:I doubt THEY really discovered it (1)

stuckinarut (891702) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065212)

They found it by controlling the telescope over the net so they were probably looking for something cool to be doing in their computer class and so I'd say their interest was more in computers than science.

Ignored an asteroid bouncing off the moon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22065168)

Around 2000 I witnessed a naked-eye celestial event, an asteroid bouncing off the moon. It wasn't until a friend showed me a movie downloaded off of a P2P filesharing system of the same event that I witnessed that I believed it was real. Does anyone know what this asteroid was finally named? Cause I call it 'Skippy'.

Re:Ignored an asteroid bouncing off the moon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22065702)

You can see many scars on the face of the moon where an asteroid has scimmed the surface

I call it (1)

DeeQ (1194763) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065284)

A HAWKING HOLE!

simpsons (2, Funny)

comm2k (961394) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065386)

Skinner:"Noooooooooooooooooo."

Re:simpsons (1)

corychristison (951993) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066748)

He he... that was the first thing I thought of when reading this.

EZ (1)

UID30 (176734) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065558)

Chuck Norris. 'nuff said.

Texting... (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065624)

Worse yet, the kid may want to name it some text-message garble like "ZOMGDIDUCMEP" or somesuch. Or, worse yet, the kid's a gamer and names it "noob" or "qq pvp server," or EVEN worse...

ROTFLCOPTER.

Re:Texting... (1)

SolitaryMan (538416) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067040)

Dude! Please, do not, I repeat DO NOT ever try to name something!

Re:Texting... (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067588)

I christen thee "dorkface!"

I can hear it now.... (1)

jav1231 (539129) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065626)

Wisconsin, eh? Then it went something like this:
Tommy: "Ohhhhh...Looky 'dere, Billy! There's somethun' up in sky o'ver 'dere!"
Billy: "Ohhhh...that's one of them 'dere asteroids, don't ya know!"

Re:I can hear it now.... (1)

Av8rjoker (1212804) | more than 6 years ago | (#22068832)

Eh now. I used to live a mile from Racine (in Kenosha). Over der, we put "eh" at the beginning of our sentences. Either way, I'm sure the asteroid will either be named after Miller, Harley, cheese, snow, or some German name. Not much else exciting in Wisconsin.

Now we know (2, Funny)

maroberts (15852) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065846)

Sophomores use their telescopes for watching asteriods.
I use my telescope for watching sophomores.....
(/perv)

So, I wonder (0, Flamebait)

skulgnome (1114401) | more than 6 years ago | (#22065868)

Are they going to get expelled for this? I mean, being visible on the Internet, factually representing your school, that's got to be tantamount to insubordination. Children these days need to be taught the value of respecting authority!

Come on, at least give them a few years' detention. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, is what I always say! Young miscreants such as these cannot be permitted to go unpunished!

SciFi (1)

gblackwo (1087063) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066156)

If science fiction has taught me anything, there are fields of these asteroid things all over the place. They make for great cinematography and space battles. Let me know when they find something other than a big rock or ball of gas.

The school will have a vote . . . (0, Troll)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066166)

The students will have to decide on naming the asteroid one of two things:

  • Giant Douche
  • Turd Sandwich

Wow, the 'Superfriends' (1)

jjm496 (1004054) | more than 6 years ago | (#22066218)

I wonder which one is Cosmos?

Deep Impact (1)

Beetle B. (516615) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067122)

Let's hope this one doesn't head for the Earth [imdb.com] .

If I could propose a name... (1)

TheDreadSlashdotterD (966361) | more than 6 years ago | (#22067782)

Could I suggest "Doombringer" for this asteroid?

di3ck (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22067968)

and 0ther party

I can see it now. (1)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 6 years ago | (#22068314)

School officials expel students for illegal asteroid use after reading their blog.

What's in a name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22068734)

The students named the asteroid Caca cause it was found near Uranus. Ha ha. Get it? Asteroid - ass turd. Uranus - your anus. Ha ha. Me so funny.

Relax.... (1)

z0l0pht (835541) | more than 6 years ago | (#22068780)

It'll burn up in atmosphere and whatever's left will be no bigger than a Chihuahua's head.

Re:Relax.... (1)

celle (906675) | more than 6 years ago | (#22069716)

"It'll burn up in atmosphere and whatever's left will be no bigger than a Chihuahua's head."

That will turn out to the most efficient power source available and we destroy ourselves fighting over it.

Why should nature destroy us when our own greed will do a better job.

This is just the sort of thing .... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 6 years ago | (#22069092)

... that happens when some kid gets a telescope for Christmas. He doesn't tighten down the azimuth axis while he's looking in the bedroom window of the girl next door and the next thing you know, the damned thing ends up pointing toward the sky.
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