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Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid

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Did I just see that "asteroid" firing thrusters...

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I doubt Bee-Zed's orbit is keeping Jupiter's orbit in line.

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Yeah, Bee-Zed is a real danger to the solar system with its potential to knock Jupiter out of its current orbit....

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Have Faith

If it weren't keeping Jupiter in check we would all be dead already. What part of resonance don't you understand. All hail Bee-Zed.

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Weird

I read that the Gateway asteroid orbited perpendicular to the ecliptic?

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You cannae break the laws of physics Capn.

It transparently doesnt so its not weird to me. Unusual but not weird.

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Most of the pictures and videos I've seen about BZ's orbit show a somewhat pretzel-like curve, but that's only when "viewed from Jupiter", ie. the "pretzel" follows / is locked to Jupiter as Jupiter orbits the sun. I suppose the astro-boffins doing the PR work found that shape more "interesting" than the Sun-relative orbit - apparently looking like a plain old, boring ellipse (which I personally find much more remarkable). Sadly, figuring out what the actual shape of the orbit is and whether it is a true ellipse - considering it is the result of "crossing paths" with Jupiter twice each time it goes around the Sun - is way beyond my math/astro-fu, but at any rate it closely resembles one...

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"Their icy exteriors are warmed by the Sun and they sublime"

That's ridiculous.

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but their motion is locked and they never come within 176 million kilometers (109 million miles) of each other

Obviously either Jupiter or BZ have a restraining order.

This information is easily available at your local planning office, at Barnards Star. Even if it is locked in a filing cabinet, in a disused toilet with a sign on the door saying, 'beware of the leopard'.

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There's always one...

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All stars begin as binary systems.....Ceres-Vesta....Hellas Planitia

Mars has 635,000 impact craters, six over 400 km wide, and Hellas Planitia, which is

2,300 km wide and 9 km deep, suggesting impact with a brown dwarf sized body,

approximately 20% of the size of the Sun. The Planet X hypothesis solves a number of

anomalies, Moons mass/orbit/origin, the 'fifth rocky planet' astroid belt and more.

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It's in the rules.

Jupiter hasn't cleared its orbit of this asteroid, which means Jupiter is not a planet.

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