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A CHIP OFF THE OLD MOON

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  • Jeroen Kumeling
    A CHIP OFF THE OLD MOON Is it a comet? An asteroid? A spent rocket stage? Nope. That chunk of rock circling the sun close to the Earth is probably a chip off
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 1999
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      A CHIP OFF THE OLD MOON

      Is it a comet? An asteroid? A spent rocket stage? Nope. That chunk of rock
      circling the sun close to the Earth is probably a chip off the moon,
      astronomers say. The object, about 165 feet (50 meters) across, was
      discovered
      February 10 by an automated asteroid-hunting Linear telescope in New
      Mexico,
      New Scientist magazine reported Wednesday. After six nights of
      observations,
      Gareth Williams of the U.S Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
      calculated that it circles the sun every 1.09 years at distance just 9
      million
      km (6 million miles) beyond Earth's orbit.

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      .... http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9902/26/lunar.chip/index.html
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