posted on Feb, 28 2011 @ 05:19 PM
I'm going to review this thread later tonight but I have a couple of curious points that first strike me. I read on a NASA site that metal floating
freely in space, debris even will fuse with metal that gets close enough, given relative sizes that sort of makes extravehicular repairs difficult,
outside of the obvious bulky suits and gloves. Like magnets metal attracts metal in space, I suppose with enough mass the metal will fuse together.
I'm wondering how this asteroid rotates. Is it spinning ball over ball end like a baton twirling or is is spinning around like if it was a barbell
rolling on a floor? I would buy an impact that almost separated to create it's shape, it is quite sizable, and if so I could see it twirling like a
baton. I know lots of asteroid have potato and unusual fragmented shapes and I'm wondering if that image isn't just a computer animation/rendering.
Two highly metallic asteroids crashing at this size would create a lot of impact heat but in the cold of space with two dead bodies cooling would be
very rapid, and it kind of looks like cooling kept the fuse together before inertia broke it apart, purely layman conjecture.
This leads me to wonder about the orbital paths of the moons of this asteroid, this group could be one crazy haphazard group of bodies with all kinds
of momentum forces creating bizarre local gravitational fluxes.
Anyway, quite an interesting group.