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.

Crédit:

ESO/M.Kornmesser/L. Calçada

À propos de l'image

Identification:ann1051a
Type:Dessin
Date de publication:26 août 2010 10:00
Annonces en rapport:ann1051
Taille:4000 x 2827 px

À propos de l'objet

Nom:Asteroid
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Catégorie:Illustrations
Solar System

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