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(io9)   How do you just LOSE an asteroid?   (io9.com) divider line 49
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2014-02-18 11:23:12 PM
It's hiding behind the moon.

/soon
 
2014-02-19 12:01:16 AM
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2014-02-19 12:16:12 AM
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2014-02-19 12:44:45 AM
I doubt it didn't show, we just didn't see it.
 
2014-02-19 12:47:22 AM
Or maybe like that weird Saturn moon?
 
2014-02-19 12:48:13 AM
Well like you know. Space really really really really big. Huge even.
 
2014-02-19 12:48:28 AM
You had one job, Asteroid.
 
2014-02-19 12:50:19 AM
I'm not saying it was an alien driven spacecraft...
but...
 
2014-02-19 01:01:25 AM
Same way you lose a six-foot biatch with a talking rock: they ran away.
 
2014-02-19 01:01:40 AM
bedazzled.blogs.com

Look under the couch?
 
2014-02-19 01:05:49 AM
I read that the Ukraine is on fire... Maybe it hit there.

/Or the moon has a new dimple and in 5 months someone looking at images will notice a cloud of dust halo.
 
2014-02-19 01:07:13 AM

doofusgumby: Well like you know. Space really really really really big. Huge even.


"You might think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." :)
 
2014-02-19 01:15:38 AM
I did some scale calculations and figured that this asteroid whizzing past Earth is like a speck of dust missing a blue marble by about nine feet.

It's easy to lose something that small in space.
 
2014-02-19 01:19:50 AM
Asteroids don't concern me, Admiral. I want that ship, not excuses.
 
2014-02-19 01:25:25 AM
Maybe it fell into an ast hole.
 
2014-02-19 01:30:27 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 500x500]


I see my work has already been done.  Thanks.
 
2014-02-19 01:32:02 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk:


Preparation H feels good on the whole
 
2014-02-19 01:48:59 AM
What the io9 article fails to mention is that the asteroid 2000 EM26 has not been seen since March 14, 2000, nine days after it was discovered.

It's very hard to see, and its orbit is poorly known, and the reason that observers were so interested in seeing it now is that this was the first time since its discovery that it would be less difficult to see.
 
2014-02-19 01:54:33 AM

Oldiron_79: MaudlinMutantMollusk:

Preparation H feels good on the whole


On the whole, yes.
 
2014-02-19 01:56:47 AM

StopLurkListen: Look under the couch?


I believe the grammatically correct way would be "have you looked under the couch?"

Just sayin...
 
2014-02-19 02:33:48 AM

sethen320: StopLurkListen: Look under the couch?

I believe the grammatically correct way would be "have you looked under the couch?"

Just sayin...


The grammatic implication is [Did you] Look under the couch, which is why it's CORRECT IN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH!

/ich bin ein Berliner
//sorry, I'm not well
///you lose things when you're actively looking for them...
//or is that when you can't find them...
 
2014-02-19 02:58:51 AM
For a moment I thought I heard... I thought I heard singing, sir.
 
2014-02-19 03:09:02 AM

Oldiron_79: MaudlinMutantMollusk:

Preparation H feels good on the whole


Did you say you wanted some ice cream?
 
2014-02-19 03:14:19 AM
Where'd you lose it? It ain't a set of farking car keys, is it? And it ain't as if it's incon-farking-spicuous now, is it?
 
2014-02-19 03:18:44 AM
It's in the apartment somewhere.
 
2014-02-19 03:42:25 AM

Harry_Seldon: Asteroids don't concern me, Admiral. I want that ship, not excuses.


You picked a fine time to leave me, 2000 EM26.
With four hungry space slugs, and a ship in the asteroid field.
 
2014-02-19 03:42:48 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 500x500]


Done in two. I applaud you.
 
2014-02-19 04:16:01 AM
It was an asteroid rich in naquadria; so SG-1 warped through the planet...duh.
 
2014-02-19 04:29:40 AM
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Unavailable for comment.
 
2014-02-19 07:00:24 AM
Of course, if the incentive of not having an asteroid named after you fails to motivate, there's also the added plus of knowing just where the giant space rock that was set to hurtle by our atmosphere has gotten off to. I know I'd probably sleep better.


So if a car is racing towards you, you don't care. Once it has gone past you and not hit you, you suddenly start losing sleep over where it is now because you can't see it any more?
 
2014-02-19 07:29:15 AM

xria: Of course, if the incentive of not having an asteroid named after you fails to motivate, there's also the added plus of knowing just where the giant space rock that was set to hurtle by our atmosphere has gotten off to. I know I'd probably sleep better.


So if a car is racing towards you, you don't care. Once it has gone past you and not hit you, you suddenly start losing sleep over where it is now because you can't see it any more?


Its the ones you didn't see that get you.

/If you can lose track of one asteroid so easily, you can lose quite a few...
 
2014-02-19 07:47:40 AM
I always thought it would be cool if one got caught in orbit around the earth like a second, very small moon.
 
2014-02-19 07:52:52 AM
It gets hit by a dot fired from a mobile triangle.
 
2014-02-19 07:53:41 AM

hasty ambush: I always thought it would be cool if one got caught in orbit around the earth like a second, very small moon.


We thought we had one when we discovered Cruithne, but further observation showed that it orbited with us but didn't orbit us.
 
2014-02-19 07:55:22 AM
Destroyed by global warming
 
2014-02-19 08:16:25 AM
Programming glitch.
 
2014-02-19 08:17:09 AM
It's tricky.  When they get to the edge of the screen, they show up on the opposite side.
 
2014-02-19 08:52:00 AM
 "EM26 is probably further out in space that was originally thought."

With the recent discovery of, "gravity" maybe it would be closer in.
 
2014-02-19 09:15:10 AM
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\Is everyone else asleep?
\\Someone has too.
\\\Guess its up to me.
 
2014-02-19 09:16:08 AM
SG1 jumped it through hyperspace to the other side of the planet.

Also, space is big and rocks are dark.
 
2014-02-19 10:47:12 AM
Well it's not exactly lost, we stripp mined it, ground up the remaints, excellerated them to 100 times the speed of light and shot them at Alpha Ceti 3, gotta teach those farking Botheans whose boss.
 
2014-02-19 12:27:39 PM
They took it to get it washed?!
 
2014-02-19 01:23:33 PM

hasty ambush: I always thought it would be cool if one got caught in orbit around the earth like a second, very small moon.


you mean like the earth trojans ?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_trojan_asteroid 

been there, done that , we got some
 
2014-02-19 02:24:45 PM

mamoru: doofusgumby: Well like you know. Space really really really really big. Huge even.

"You might think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." :)


Came for this, leaving improbably.
 
2014-02-19 05:40:54 PM
It ran away to join Voyager in the Oort Cloud.
 
2014-02-19 08:03:11 PM

xria: Of course, if the incentive of not having an asteroid named after you fails to motivate, there's also the added plus of knowing just where the giant space rock that was set to hurtle by our atmosphere has gotten off to. I know I'd probably sleep better.


So if a car is racing towards you, you don't care. Once it has gone past you and not hit you, you suddenly start losing sleep over where it is now because you can't see it any more?


How do you know it went past you?
 
2014-02-19 08:12:10 PM

nytmare: How do you know it went past you?


It had to take a whiz.
 
2014-02-19 10:06:43 PM
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Well, they are mostly black on a black background, so they're pretty easy to miss. And they just keep on coming, and coming and coming like Space Invaders only tinier.
 
2014-02-20 03:23:32 AM
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