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Asteroid Named For Texas High School

MADISON, Texas (UPI) — Madisonville High School in Texas has a rare honor to brag about: It has had an asteroid millions of miles from Earth named for it, school officials said.

269323 Madisonvillehigh, which orbits 300 million miles from our planet, was named for the school, which had signed up for a program called the International Astronomical Search Collaboration, ABC News reported.

The program is directed by Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, which sent telescope images shot for research to Madisonville High astronomy teacher Denise Rothrock, who started a morning astronomy club to analyze them.

“A good program that gets middle schoolers to come in before school starts? That’s worth doing,” Rothrock said in an interview with ABC News.

Rothrock’s students saw an object change position in a series of the telescope images and sent the results of their study to the International Astronomical Union, which confirmed the moving object as an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.

As discoverers of the asteroid the students had the privilege of proposing a name.

So charts of the solar system will now show an asteroid dubbed 269323 Madisonvillehigh in orbit.

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  • Paul Felix Schott

    ALL THAT EVER LIVED ON EARTH WILL SOON HAVE THEIR EYES TO THE HEAVENS

    Do a little History on this one.

    ALL Should Look Up “2012 DA14″.

    This could take out one of more satellites and the junk and debris from the hit could end up taking out many more satellites very soon after that. All the satellite collision probability will go way up if even one is hit. The velocity that the parts would go to would make them missiles that would start targeting a chain reaction this would not be good.

    Most all will be watching this one and pray it goes by us with out a hit. Every Scientist alive will be watching this event. Many will be in Florida for a very special viewing of the once in a Lifetime Event. Professors, Scientist, World Leaders, Ham Radio Operators and Every Astronomer will have its eyes on This Event, along with almost every TV set on Earth.

    “2012 DA14″ goes by Earth twice a year and there is no way anyone for sure can tell how close the second pass will be till it passes by the Moon and Earth and the GRAVITATIONAL FORCE effect that it will have on this Asteroid.

    They may come close but this one is already coming very close to begin with. Too close this time or on its second or 3rd pass? Ad a Meteor Shower like the 13 and 14 of December of this year, it might go through or bump into one of them? Or all the other orbital debris like Spent Rocket Boosters left in space that can no longer be moved by a control center on Earth.

    If a big enough one were to slam into the moon in the night sky you would think the sun was coming up early only it would be 5 to 7 times as bright. From The Sun’s Rays Reflection on all the Debris Field.

    2012 XM16, 2012 XM55, 2012 XP55, THERE ARE OVER 25 found just this year 2012 that are part of the Near Earth Object Program that will come close to Earth from now till 2012 DA14 comes.

    You do not want to know how many are on the “PLANETARY DEFENSE” list.
    The PLANETARY DEFENSE is not to protect Earth from men from Mars.
    It is for all mankind with most all Nation in on it to stop if can most all collision with EARTH from a ASTEROID IMPACT. It is if you will a AVOIDANCE SHIELD. “N.E.O.S. Near Earth Object Shield”.

    If only one were to hit or IMPACT EARTH on land get ready for a winter you will never forget. The winter from 1883 -1884 KRAKATOA you will think was a little pebble, and now the stone comes.

    If this Meteor Shower is big enough you might think all the stars are falling from Heaven.

    GET READY

    Read your Bible
    While you still can,
    and May our Lord GOD Bless all that do so.
    John 14 : 6
    Luke 13 : 27
    Matthew 7 : 20 – 27

    The Lord’s Little Helper.
    Paul Felix Schott.

    P.S.
    Help others in are Lord’s name Jesus Christ help bring all to know him while you still can.

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