Skip to comments.NASA remains perplexed by mysterious crumbling asteroid
Posted on 03/08/2014 4:57:17 PM PST by BenLurkin
The Hubble Space Telescope spotted something no one had ever seen before: an asteroid shattering into as many as 10 smaller pieces.
This is a really bizarre thing to observeweve never seen anything like this, Jessica Agarwal of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany said in a statement.
Asteroid P/2013 R3 was discovered last September 15 by the Catalina and Pan-STARRS sky surveys. At first, all astronomers saw was a faint, fuzzy object. Then, a couple of weeks later, the great Keck Telescope in Hawaii took a closer look and saw not one but three separate pieces traveling convoy-fashion in their own dust cloud.
By the time December rolled around, the asteroid had crumbled into 10 pieces. The four largest pieces measure about 650 feet (200 meters) across or, the length of two football fields each. The Hubble data show that the fragments are slowly drifting slowly apart at the leisurely speed of about one mile per hour.
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Cheap Chinese asteroid.......
Is one of them called Rubber Ducky?
Green Cheese. Problem solved. And a new Chinese buffet has arrived.
NASA is perplexed because an obama nominee is in charge....duh
It’s simple really, it was taken out of the oven to soon.
We are being lied to about so much...
That is, isn't the largest object in the asteroid belt an accretion of smaller objects? Perhaps the core of this one is a form of ice, and has started to out-gas?
Wasn't there a comet about 5.5 years ago that balloon up to the size of Earth or larger, as it approached the Sun?
Yeah one current line of thinking is that at least some of the asteroids are just dormant comets. They have enough rock and dust on their surfaces to insulate the ice till something disturbs them or they orbit close to the sun.
Man...those laser pointer things are really powerful. I was just messing around pointing it up in the sky, and now this asteroid is all broken up. I wonder what would happen if I pointed it at Jeff’s house? No....that would be wrong.
There is a good possibility that this happens a lot. This is because both within a few days before and a few days after a larger body passes by Earth, other bodies also show up, on generally the same path.
Personally I’m guessing it was just a floating rubble pile and hit a smaller asteroid that caused the pile to break up.
We’ve seen a few of these in recent years.
I was watching one of the alien conspiracy shows last night and they were talking about another one that was breaking up like this.
The alien craft formerly at the center of the object has obviously shed its cloaking material & is long-gone towards home base, having collected all the required intelligence” on Sol-3 as directed ....
Not enough egg in the recipe.
Mother ship, delivering smaller ships.
See if there is a sudden surge of illegal aliens now.
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