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.

Kilde:

ESO/M.Kornmesser/L. Calçada

Om bildet

ID:ann1051a
Type:Illustrasjon
Publiseringsdato:26. august 2010 10:00
Relaterte kunngjøringer:ann1051
Størrelse:4000 x 2827 px

Om objektet

Navn:Asteroid
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Kategori:Illustrations
Solar System

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