An asteroid that has split due to rotational fission (artist’s impression)

This artist’s impression shows an asteroid that has split up to due to rotational fission and become a binary. New work shows that such binaries will break apart and form two separate asteroids on similar, but independent, orbits around the Sun if the larger piece is more than five times as massive as the smaller.

Credit:

ESO/M.Kornmesser/L. Calçada

Over de afbeelding

Id:ann1051a
Type:Ontwerp
Publicatiedatum:26 augustus 2010 10:00
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Grootte:4000 x 2827 px

Over het object

Naam:Asteroid
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Categorie:Illustrations
Solar System

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