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9:44 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Kansas Man Finds Potentially Hazardous Asteroid

Gary Hug stands by his homemade telescope in Scranton, Kansas.
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

An eastern Kansas man who built his own telescope and operates it from a shed in his back yard has discovered a previously unknown and potentially hazardous asteroid.

Gary Hug lives near Scranton. He was trying to help plot the orbit of a known Near Earth Object when he noticed something Sunday night that appeared to be moving too slow to be a satellite, but too fast to be a main belt asteroid.

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