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Asteroid 4942 Munroe

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Whoa. There’s an asteroid named after me!

Amazing xkcd readers Lewis Hulbert and Jordan Zhu noticed that the International Astronomical Union—the organization in charge of official astronomical naming—was taking suggestions for what to name small Solar System objects. They submitted my name for asteroid (4942) 1987 DU6, and it was subsequently renamed 4942 Munroe.

I’m really touched. I spent all weekend telling everyone who wanted to listen (and probably some who didn’t) about the asteroid.

The first thing I did was try to figure out whether 4942 Munroe was big enough to pose a threat to Earth. I was excited to learn that, based on its albedo (brightness), it’s probably about 6-10 kilometers in diameter. That’s comparable in size to the one that killed the dinosaurs—definitely big enough to cause a mass extinction!

I texted Phil Plait to let him know that 4942 Munroe is four or five times the diameter of 165347 Philplait.

Unfortunately Fortunately, it’s in a fairly stable circular orbit between Mars and Jupiter, so it’s unlikely to hit the Earth any time soon.

4942 Munroe (!!!) is large enough that it would have noticeable gravity, although not much. If you were walking on the surface and you tripped and fell, it’d take you a minute to hit the ground. You could get into orbit around it by traveling at jogging speed, and might even escape its gravity entirely with a good jump.

Thank you so much. This is the coolest thing.

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Jikee
2622 days ago
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Excellent
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Law to Protect Rights of Good Samaritans Takes Effect

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Said to be the first kind of law in China, the Good Samaritan law takes effect today in Shenzhen and will play a major roles role in protecting the rights of do-gooders. The law will exempt these do gooders from any legal liability for any unsuccessful rescue attempts or in helping people in emergencies. The [...]
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Jikee
2682 days ago
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This is a good idea !
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The Time Traveler's Burden

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Jikee
2685 days ago
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grammargirl
2679 days ago
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The only people I've ever talked to who would want to travel back in time are white dudes.
Brooklyn, NY
Dadster
2679 days ago
Yuh, pretty much. We also are the only ones who move our families into those really creepy houses out in the sticks. (My daughter went to see "The Conjuring" a few nights ago and had nightmares 2 nites running)
llucax
2684 days ago
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This could easily be a Louie CK.
Berlin
Courtney
2684 days ago
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yup
Portland, OR
allypoo
2685 days ago
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Sounds about right.
Seattle, WA
glenniebun
2685 days ago
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Yay time machines! Wait...
CT USA

roMEo

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Jikee
2691 days ago
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Settled

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Well, we've really only settled the question of ghosts that emit or reflect visible light. Or move objects around. Or make any kind of sound. But that covers all the ones that appear in Ghostbusters, so I think we're good.
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Jikee
2707 days ago
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Just like that we fix several urban legends...
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lbernholz
2702 days ago
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Cameras and Bigfoot
San Francisco
krvss
2703 days ago
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So true.
shamgar_bn
2704 days ago
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Gone are the days of some of the best conspiracy theories in the world.
Wake Forest, North Carolina
chrishiestand
2706 days ago
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obligatory share
San Diego, CA, USA
aaronwe
2706 days ago
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Damn straight.
Denver
bogorad
2707 days ago
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The idea is not new, but still.
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
tfrab
2707 days ago
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Settled - XKCD
italy
hamachicide
2707 days ago
*xkcd
adamgurri
2707 days ago
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welp
New York, NY
Michdevilish
2707 days ago
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Digital proof: Poof!
Canada
chengjih
2707 days ago
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Actually, I think there are more of a certain type of ghost photos consisting of floating orbs, because people don't know how to use the goddamn flash on their cameras.
jprodgers
2707 days ago
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I love when XKCD hits me with a new concept. This is great.
Somerville, MA
hamachicide
2707 days ago
*xkcd