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    Default Asteroid near miss on Jan 8th



    The 1-2m asteroid was discovered a few hours after its closest approach to Earth, which was 8600 km above the surface, well inside geosynchronous orbits.

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    Default Re: Asteroid near miss on Jan 8th

    That was a poorly-written sentence, wasn't it? It should not have had a comma after "Earth", and probably should have been rearranged. As written, it suggests that Earth was 8600 km above the surface (of the asteroid, presumably)! I'll have to fire my proof-reader. Hopefully, everyone is sufficiently used to "Internet-English" to have figured it out.

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    Default Re: Asteroid near miss on Jan 8th

    Kinda "Millennial" speak!
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    Default Re: Asteroid near miss on Jan 8th

    It was just Elvis doing his annual fly-by!

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    Default Re: Asteroid near miss on Jan 8th

    Hi Kathy. Don't worry about the wording. Our brains have a built in "auto correct" as we read. Thanks for this amazing report about asteroid 2019 AS5 Kathy, which wasn't discovered until 9 hours after it's closest approach to earth.
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    Default Re: Asteroid near miss on Jan 8th

    anyone who has to read an instruction manual for anything at all nowadays would manage fine
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    Default Re: Asteroid near miss on Jan 8th

    Quote Originally Posted by KathyNS View Post
    That was a poorly-written sentence, wasn't it? It should not have had a comma after "Earth", and probably should have been rearranged. As written, it suggests that Earth was 8600 km above the surface (of the asteroid, presumably)! I'll have to fire my proof-reader. Hopefully, everyone is sufficiently used to "Internet-English" to have figured it out.
    Cannot be any worse than the way us South Africans mangle English. I am surprised that you folks even understand us half the time!

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    Hi !
    Quote Originally Posted by KathyNS View Post
    It should not have had a comma after "Earth", and probably should have been rearranged.
    In my sense (but I'm not a native english speaker ! ), the comma avoids the misunderstanding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingclinton View Post
    Cannot be any worse than the way us South Africans mangle English. I am surprised that you folks even understand us half the time!
    What did you just say Clinton?
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