Artist’s impression of the view from inside the rings around Chariklo

Observations at many sites in South America, including ESO’s La Silla Observatory, have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the fifth body in the Solar System — after the much larger planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — to have this feature. The origin of these rings remains a mystery, but they may be the result of a collision that created a disc of debris.

This artist’s impression shows the view from inside the ring system, with Chariklo behind and shepherding satellites also visible.

Crediti:

ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)

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Identificazione:eso1410c
Tipo:Illustrazione
Data di rilascio:Mercoledì 26 Marzo 2014 19:00
Notizie relative:eso1410
Grandezza:4000 x 2500 px

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Nome:Chariklo
Tipo:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Categoria:Solar System

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