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  • ‘Freakish’ Asteroid Has Six Tails, Sheds Stuff Into Space

    11/07/2013 11:14:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies ^ | November 7, 2013 | by Elizabeth Howell on
    The mystery started when astronomers spotted a really blotchy thing in space Aug. 27 with the Pan-STARRS survey telescope in Hawaii. The Hubble Space Telescope then swung over to take a look on Sept. 10, revealing all these tails of debris flying off the asteroid.
  • Hubble spots strange asteroid with 6 tails of dust

    11/07/2013 12:20:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/7/13 | Marcia Dunn - ap
    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.
  • Astronomers 'Dumbfounded' by Six-Tailed Asteroid

    11/07/2013 5:54:43 PM PST · by anymouse · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/7/2013 | Irene Klotz
    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.
  • Strange Space Object Stumps Astronomers; Appears to be Asteroid but Has Six Comet-Like Tails

    11/09/2013 1:49:25 AM PST · by Bender2 · 37 replies ^ | Nov 07, 2013 03:05 PM EST | Russell Westerholm
    Strange Space Object Stumps Astronomers; Appears to be Asteroid but Has Six Comet-Like Tails Posted by Russell Westerholm Astronomers have spotted a curious comet-like spatial object with the Hubble Telescope that has six trails, causing it to look like a badminton shuttlecock, BBC News reported. The observers were lead to believe the object is an asteroid because it was spotted in an asteroid belt, but its tails are more characteristic of a comet. Asteroids also typically only appear as tiny dots of light. "We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it," Dave Jewitt, a professor from the University of California...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Unexpected Tails of Asteroid P5

    11/12/2013 4:43:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | November 12, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What is happening to asteroid P/2013 P5? No one is sure. For reasons unknown, the asteroid is now sporting not one but six discernible tails. The above images were taken two months ago by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and show the rapidly changing dust streams. It is not even known when P5 began displaying such unusual tails. Were the main belt asteroid struck by a large meteor, it would be expected to sport a single dust tail. Possible explanations include that light pressure from the Sun is causing the asteroid to rotate increasingly rapidly, which in turn causes...