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    An Asteroid has Been Discovered That Crosses Mercury’s Orbit

    Astronomers have spotted the fastest-ever asteroid orbiting Sun — and at times, it gets closer to the Sun than the planet Mercury. Asteroid 2021 PH27 was discovered earlier this month, and it has the shortest orbital period of any known asteroid in the Solar System. The orbit of the approximately 1-kilometer-diameter asteroid brings it as …
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    It interests me that this asteroid has a period about, but not exactly, half that of Venus and twice that of Mercury. That does sound like an accident waiting to happen. The lack of stability means prediction is difficult!
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    Weird, in my mind, twice Mercury would be half Earth. Now, there’s a doomsday scensrio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grapes View Post
    Weird, in my mind, twice Mercury would be half Earth. Now, there’s a doomsday scensrio.
    Oops my clanger! Only Venus has to worry. I must pay more attention. Mercury 88 days not 59 ish days, which is its rotation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profloater View Post
    Oops my clanger! Only Venus has to worry. I must pay more attention. Mercury 88 days not 59 ish days, which is its rotation.
    So you’re saying it’s a good thing we have an evil stepsister to take the hit for us?
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    Is the name "Hermaphroditus" available, or has it already been used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    So you’re saying it’s a good thing we have an evil stepsister to take the hit for us?
    Well who knows what an impact might do to Venus? It might make Venus habitable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Is the name "Hermaphroditus" available, or has it already been used?
    Was the second born of Aphrodite and Hermes Narcissus ? And Priapus is in there somewhere, IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Is the name "Hermaphroditus" available, or has it already been used?
    You’re suggesting a mash up of Mercury and Venus, then? Yikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by grapes View Post
    You’re suggesting a mash up of Mercury and Venus, then? Yikes
    No, just an appropriate handle for the interloper.

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