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MUFONET-BBS NETWORK - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ASTRONOMY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 07:56 Mon Sep 23 EXP: 08:00 Mon Sep 30 쿌USTRALIAN ASTRONOMER USES NEW ASTEROID TO BOOST MASS 쿐XTINCTION THEORY 쿎ANBERRA (SEPT. 23) XINHUA - AN AUSTRALIAN ASTRONOMER HAS 쿏ISCOVERED AN UNUSUAL NEW ASTEROID THAT LENDS WEIGHT TO A 쿟HEORY THAT GIANT COMETS PERIODICALLY FRAGMENT AND BOMBARD 쿟HE EARTH, CAUSING MASS EXTINCTIONS. 쿟WO WEEKS AGO DR DUNCAN STEELE USING THE BRITISH SCHMIDT 쿟ELESCOPE FOUND A NEW ASTEROID IN AN ORBIT THAT TAKES IT 쿎LOSER TO THE SUN THAN MERCURY, BEFORE SWINGING OUT PAST THE 쿐ARTH. 쿥HEN HE COMPUTED THE ORBIT OF THE ASTEROID, DESIGNATED 1991 쿝C, HE FOUND IT WAS HIGHLY UNUSUAL AND ALMOST IDENTICAL TO 쿟HAT OF A LARGE ASTEROID DISCOVERED 42 YEARS AGO, CALLED 쿔CARUS. 쿏R STEELE SAID IN A PAPER RELEASED TODAY THAT IT WAS 쿐XTREMELY UNLIKELY THAT ICARUS AND 1991 RC SHARED THE SAME 쿚RBIT BY CHANCE THE LIKELY EXPLANATION WAS THAT BOTH HAD 쿍EEN CREATED BY THE BREAK-UP OF A LARGER OBJECT, PROBABLY A 쿎OMET, WITHIN THE PAST FEW THOUSAND YEARS. 쿓E SAID ICARUS, ALTHOUGH CLASSIFIED AS AN ASTEROID, 쿐XHIBITED IRREGULARITIES IN ITS ORBIT THAT SUGGESTED THAT IT 쿥AS EMITTING POWERFUL JETS OF GAS, JUST LIKE A COMET, WHEN 쿔T APPROACHED THE SUN. 쿏R STEELE ALSO SAID IN HIS PAPER THAT THE NEW SCIENTIFIC 쿏ISCIPLINE CALLED CATASTROPHISM WAS DIVIDED OVER THE NATURE 쿚F EXTRATERRESTRIAL IMPACTS. AMERICAN SCIENTISTS FAVORED THE 쿔DEA OF CATASTROPHIC IMPACTS BY SINGLE COMETS OR ASTEROIDS. 쿍RITISH AND AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS ARGUED THAT THE EARTH WAS 쿛ERIODICALLY SUBJECTED TO A SERIES OF IMPACTS SPREAD OVER 쿟HOUSANDS, EVEN TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS. 쿟HE MULTIPLE-IMPACT THEORY FOLLOWED FROM EVIDENCE THAT LARGE 쿎OMETS CREATED SWARMS OF SMALLER COMETS AND METEOROIDS WHEN 쿟HEY BROKE UP. DURING THE PERIOD WHEN A GIANT COMET WAS 쿑RAGMENTING, WHICH MIGHT TAKE BETWEEN 10,000 AND 100,000 쿧EARS, THE EARTH WOULD BE ORBITING IN HEAVY TRAFFIC , DR 쿞TEELE SAID. =END=

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