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Oct 16 2012

Trojans

I was exposed to MRSA taking care of a sick person and spent the last few days making sure it didn’t take. It’s a big deal because I take a drug called Humira that’s supposed to weaken my immune system. Any infection that gains a foothold could spread fast. But so far, so good! Lots of news, big debate tonight, and there’s this neat article about Jupiter’s Trojan satellites:

Slashgear– The observations made using WISE are the first that have offered a detailed look at the color of the Trojans in the leading and trailing packs. The data determined that the Jovian Trojans are made up predominantly of dark, reddish rocks with a matte, non-reflective surface. The observations also allowed astronomers to confirm previous suspicions that the leading pack of Jovian Trojans was larger than the trailing pack.

The scientists are trying to determine more than simply what the asteroids look like, they want to know where the asteroids came from. WISE data shows that the asteroids are strikingly similar with no interlopers from other parts of the solar system. The Jovian Trojans also don’t resemble asteroids from the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The scientists say that the Jovian Trojans don’t resemble asteroids from the Kuiper belt family of objects near Pluto either.

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  1. 1
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Time for a dedicated spaceprobe mission to go to the Jovian trojans to investigate and find out I reckon!

  2. 2
    thebookofdave

    One could ask why you would risk exposure to that awful MRSA pathogen with a deliberately compromised immune response, but that would probably require a long explanation. Take care.

    Hmmm…Jupiter Trojans. A chance to get away from the insanity of that blue planet, and not a bad commute to Ganymede. Might make a nice place to build a city for my children.

  3. 3
    aspidoscelis

    It’s more fun to call them Jovial Trojans.

    Just sayin’.

  4. 4
    Randomfactor

    Combining the headline and first paragraph, I was wondering how Trojans could’ve protected you from MRSA.

    Good to know they were two separate topics.

  5. 5
    Pierce R. Butler

    Gotta say the slashgear.com reporter doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in his astronomy writing:

    I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of the Jovian Trojans before.

    :-P

    … Jovian Trojans also don’t resemble asteroids from the main asteroid belt … the Jovian Trojans don’t resemble asteroids from the Kuiper belt family of objects near Pluto either.

    Which does raise some fascinating questions about whence they came. However, we do get a clue:

    … dark, reddish rocks …

    NASA, never mind the little pyramids and pieces of plastic – set Curiosity to look for the remnants of giant slingshots!

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    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    Random, but a TROJAN might protect someone from MRSA – rimshot!

    Dave it’s not complicated, I got exposed the same way anyone would. I was in close, casual contact with someone who was under the weather and a few days later we found out part of the problem was a staph infection that is a resistant strain.

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    Francisco Bacopa

    Have fun smearing Bactroban in your nose. I was doing that for a while when my ex had an open lesion. I hope everything turns out OK. MRSA isn’t that problem for most people, but those immune suppressing drugs can make it lethal.

  8. 8
    cottonnero

    Switch Patroclus and Hektor!

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    sheila

    Dark red huh? Like Pluto, Charon, Sedna, Makemake, and a whole lot of other things in the outer solar system. No guarantee of course, but it does sound like it might be tholin.

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