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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Asteroids and astronomically important SEC news

Sunday, November 13, 2011 | 6:50 p.m. CST; updated 9:32 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 13, 2011

Although football and Missouri's SEC move dominated readers' attention, the most-read story on the website described an asteroid that passed between Earth and the moon Tuesday. These are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics data:

  1. A carbon-based asteroid — 2005 YU55 — traveled between Earth and the moon and was visible to the naked eye between 7 and 11 p.m. Tuesday. The asteroid, which is a quarter-mile long, poses no threat of hitting the Earth for at least 100 years, but it is the biggest object to pass so close to the Earth in 35 years. (7,652 page views)
  2. Next season, travel distance will change for Missouri fans hoping to attend away football games, and a Missourian graphic demonstrated how Southeastern Conference schools are, on average, farther away than Big 12 Conference schools. (3,363 page views)
  3. With the addition of Missouri, the SEC has grown to 14 teams. Because the conference is now so large, Missouri might play teams outside its division — such as Alabama and Louisiana State — only twice every 12 years. The Tigers will play the six other teams in the SEC East every year, along with a cross-division rival, and then one other SEC opponent on a rotating basis. (2,569 page views)
  4. Many believe that Missouri won't fare well in the SEC, but Missourian sports reporter Harry Plumer says, "Not so fast." Playing in the SEC East, he points out, will shield Missouri from playing opponents like Alabama on a yearly basis. And though the team has little hope of winning the conference, Missouri won't be facing many challenges it wouldn't also be facing in the Big 12. (2,299 page views)
  5. Missouri fans finally received the news that MU will join the SEC effective July 1, 2012. Rumors had persisted about Missouri's imminent departure from the Big 12 for weeks and about the Big 12's instability for months. (2,073 page views)
  6. A Missourian graphic compared Big 12 and SEC football and basketball programs in academics and athletics. (2,030 page views)
  7. Columbia retailers are slowly phasing out Big 12 merchandise and ordering SEC merchandise after Missouri's conference move. (1,699 page views)
  8. Columbia residents had mixed reactions to Missouri's move to the SEC. John Tenny said: "It's kind of stupid. We are definitely not ready to join the SEC." But Mark White looked at the situation differently. "I think it's good for our sports in the long run because we will get better recruits," he said. "But my two gripes are that I still want to play Kansas, and we will now have to adjust to be in a different culture." (1,619 page views)
  9. Because of restrictions on private developments around dams, thousands of houses, decks, patios and boathouses in Lake of the Ozarks appear to be in violation of federal regulations, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The commission called for the structures to be removed, which could potentially lead to mass evictions. (1,608 page views)
  10. Fans from Kansas, Missouri and the Big 12 reacted on Twitter to news of Missouri's conference change. Many used the hashtag #MIZSEC.

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