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Hubble spots strange asteroid with 6 tails of dust
Yahoo! News ^ | 11/7/13 | Marcia Dunn - ap

Posted on 11/07/2013 12:20:18 PM PST by NormsRevenge

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one strange asteroid.

The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they've never seen anything like it. Incredibly, the comet-like tails change shape as the asteroid sheds dust. The streams have occurred over several months.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Science
KEYWORDS: asteroid; asteroidp5; catastrophism; hubble; strangeasteroid; tails
headed straight for HollyWeed, no doubt..
1 posted on 11/07/2013 12:20:18 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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nasa,esa,ucla,ap

2 posted on 11/07/2013 12:21:17 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Astronomers ‘dumbfounded’ by six-tailed asteroid
http://news.yahoo.com/astronomers-dumbfounded-six-tailed-asteroid-193129286.html

By Irene Klotz

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - - Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have spotted a freakish asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust streaming from its body like spokes on a wheel, scientists said on Thursday.

“We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it,” astronomer David Jewitt with the University of California at Los Angeles, said in a statement. “It’s hard to believe we’re looking at an asteroid.”

Asteroids normally have no tails.

The asteroid, known as P/2013 P5, first appeared as a fuzzy point of light in a sky survey by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii in August.


3 posted on 11/07/2013 12:23:19 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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News Release Number: STScI-2013-52
NASA’s Hubble Sees Asteroid Spout Six Comet-like Tails
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2013/52

November 7, 2013: It’s not often that astronomers stumble across a celestial interloper that they can only describe as “weird and freakish.” Hubble researchers say they were “literally dumbfounded” when they took a close-up look at an object that lives in the asteroid belt but superficially looks like a comet. It has no less than six dust tails that seem to be forming sequentially. The entire structure rotates like a bicycle wheel with spokes on one side.

One explanation is that the tails formed through a series of impulsive dust-ejection events. These could have been triggered when the gentle nudge of sunlight spun up the asteroid to the point where dust is falling off the surface and into space. Solar radiation stretches the dust into finger-like streamers.


4 posted on 11/07/2013 12:25:12 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Finally! The Scientologists ride has come for them.


5 posted on 11/07/2013 12:27:48 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (Liberals want to be eaten last. I don't want to be eaten at all!)
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THE EXTRAORDINARY MULTI-TAILED MAIN-BELT COMET P/2013 P5
http://iopscience.iop.org/2041-8205/778/1/L21/

The Astrophysical Journal Letters Volume 778 Number 1

David Jewitt et al. 2013 ApJ 778 L21 doi:10.1088/2041-8205/778/1/L21


6 posted on 11/07/2013 12:28:13 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Tenacious 1

Not sure how much impact this may have on us if it were to disintegrate and slowly head towards a solar ending.

The scientists are quite taken aback.. O o ..

Ya never know..


7 posted on 11/07/2013 12:29:33 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Comet_of_1744


8 posted on 11/07/2013 12:31:03 PM PST by research99
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To: research99

the same body or a new one..? hmmmm..

must have been quite the sight, totally visible in daylight


9 posted on 11/07/2013 12:38:03 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Looks like a headlight to me.


10 posted on 11/07/2013 12:39:12 PM PST by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe it is looking for Obama.


11 posted on 11/07/2013 12:39:51 PM PST by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Tenacious 1

I dunno, the Mothership may be spinning out of control there, venting plasma ...


12 posted on 11/07/2013 12:54:10 PM PST by mikrofon (Xenuphiles)
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To: NormsRevenge
Asteroid?

What they are seeing is a starcraft. Those "tails" are positioning jets adjusting the flight path...

It's an invasion recon vehicle!!!

13 posted on 11/07/2013 1:06:04 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: JDoutrider

I could buy that, it looks like the object changed its orientation, ya never know.


14 posted on 11/07/2013 1:27:27 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Slyfox

Well, it needs to warm op the blasters then. And ready the photon torpedos.


15 posted on 11/07/2013 2:35:03 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Which way is the Sun in these photographs?


16 posted on 11/07/2013 3:54:31 PM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: NormsRevenge

I don’t care if it’s got a head, six legs and ten tails as long as it’s headed away from Earth!


17 posted on 11/07/2013 4:55:43 PM PST by AKinAK (Keep your powder dry pilgrim.)
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Thanks NormsRevenge, additional:

‘Freakish’ Asteroid Has Six Tails, Sheds Stuff Into Space
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3088671/posts


18 posted on 11/07/2013 8:15:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Art in Idaho; ...

Thanks NormsRevenge.


19 posted on 11/07/2013 8:16:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Extra to APoD.


20 posted on 11/07/2013 8:17:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: research99

Cool.


21 posted on 11/07/2013 8:22:52 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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22 posted on 11/12/2013 4:58:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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