[meteorite-list] Asteroid 2017 BQ6 Resembles Dungeons and Dragons Dice

From: Galactic Stone & Ironworks <meteoritemike_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:21:33 -0500
Message-ID: <CAKBPJW8X+2g0ZqRVe16Zr2sbtEa6dnNY-oA08h8hNz89AoDpuQ_at_mail.gmail.com>

Hi Ron and List,

The scientists working on this must now roll a D6. On a roll of 1,
they must recalibrate all of their instruments and start over from the

Now the team must roll D100% :

99-00% means the team wins a Nobel for their work.

06-98% means no change in funding and work continues.

01-05%, the entire project staff will be mocked by their peers and
must forfeit the next 1D8 funding turns.

Finally, a new supernova has just appeared in the sky, everyone must
now roll D6 initiative to see who puts their scope on it first.

Best regards,


On 2/16/17, Ron Baalke via Meteorite-list
<meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
> http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6742
> Asteroid Resembles Dungeons and Dragons Dice
> Jet Propulsion Laboratory
> February 10, 2017
> [Images]
> This composite of 25 images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 was generated with radar
> data collected using NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California's
> Mojave Desert. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR
> Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were obtained on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA's
> 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications
> Complex in California. They reveal an irregular, angular-appearing asteroid
> about 660 feet (200 meters) in size that rotates about once every three
> hours. The images have resolutions as fine as 12 feet (3.75 meters) per
> pixel.
> "The radar images show relatively sharp corners, flat regions, concavities,
> and small bright spots that may be boulders," said Lance Benner of NASA's
> Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who leads the agency's
> asteroid radar research program. "Asteroid 2017 BQ6 reminds me of the
> dice used when playing Dungeons and Dragons. It is certainly more angular
> than most near-Earth asteroids imaged by radar."
> Asteroid 2017 BQ6 safely passed Earth on Feb. 6 at 10:36 p.m. PST (1:36
> a.m. EST, Feb. 7) at about 6.6 times the distance between Earth and the
> moon (about 1.6 million miles, or 2.5 million kilometers). It was discovered
> on Jan. 26 by the NASA-funded Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR)
> Project, operated by MIT Lincoln Laboratory on the Air Force Space Command's
> Space Surveillance Telescope at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
> Radar has been used to observe hundreds of asteroids. When these small,
> natural remnants of the formation of the solar system pass relatively
> close to Earth, deep space radar is a powerful technique for studying
> their sizes, shapes, rotation, surface features, and roughness, and for
> more precise determination of their orbital path.
> NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages and operates
> NASA's Deep Space Network, including the Goldstone Solar System Radar,
> and hosts the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies for NASA's Near-Earth
> Object Observations Program within the agency's Science Mission
> Directorate.
> JPL hosts the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies for NASA's Near-Earth
> Object Observations Program within the agency's Science Mission
> Directorate.
> More information about asteroids and near-Earth objects can be found at:
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> http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroidwatch
> For more information about NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office,
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> 2017-032
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