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Centaurs Keep Their Rings From Greedy Gas Giants
universetoday.com ^ | 06/24/2016 | Matt Williams

Posted on 06/26/2016 10:36:02 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Centaurs are a population of objects within our Solar System that behave as both comets and asteroids (hence why they are named after the hybrid beasts of Greek mythology). 10199 Chariklo is the largest known member of the Centaur population, a possible former Trans-Neptunian Object (TNO) which currently orbits between Saturn and Uranus.

The rings around this asteroid were first noticed in 2013 when the asteroid underwent a stellar occultation. This revealed a system of two rings, with a radius of 391 and 405 km and widths of about 7 km 3 km, respectively. The absorption features of the rings showed that they were partially composed of water ice. In this respect, they were much like the rings of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and the other gas giants, which are composed largely of water ice and dust.

This was followed by findings made in 2015 that indicated that 2006 Chiron – another major Centaur – could have a ring of its own. This led to further speculation that there might be many minor planets in our Solar System that have a system of rings. Naturally, this was a bit perplexing to astronomers, since rings are fragile structures that were thought to be exclusive to the gas giants of our System.

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TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: 10199chariklo; asteroids; centaurs; comets; neptune; saturn; tno; uranus; xplanets

1 posted on 06/26/2016 10:36:02 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

The quest begins...


2 posted on 06/26/2016 10:39:07 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SunkenCiv

*ping*


3 posted on 06/26/2016 10:40:50 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: BenLurkin

Get ready... Uranus was mentioned!

How do you get rid of ring around the asteroid?


4 posted on 06/26/2016 10:45:59 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
How do you get rid of ring around the asteroid?

Use sparkling amounts of water and dust ....

5 posted on 06/26/2016 10:51:42 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Get ready... Uranus was mentioned!

"That's what she he the Trans-Neptunian Object said."

Mr.niteowl77

6 posted on 06/26/2016 10:52:52 AM PDT by niteowl77
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To: Ken522

I bet ‘centaur’ in the near future will become another sexual gender or or someting similar to a furry.


7 posted on 06/26/2016 10:54:06 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Thanks fieldmarshaldj.
 
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8 posted on 06/26/2016 10:57:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; disndat; KoRn; Grammy; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; dayglored; ...
Thanks fieldmarshaldj, extra to APoD.

9 posted on 06/26/2016 10:57:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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To: BenLurkin; 1FreeAmerican; A. Patriot; AndrewC; antonia; aristotleman; Boogieman; Carilisa; ...
I find the conclusions in this article to be suspect since they are all based on "computer simulations" of the Centaur Asteroids' encounters with computer simulated gas giant planets over 100 million years of orbits based on assumptions that the Centaur Asteroid's rings are composed of water, which is bogus since the existence of those rings in known only because of observation by occultation by instrumentation not equipped to test for composition. Ergo, the really don't know what those rings are made of. That assumption is a pure nose picking claim with out proof! Everything else is in the simulation is based on that original assumption. —Electric Universe PING!


Artist's Representation of a Centaur Asteroid
Note: the ring would not glow, it would be black

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10 posted on 06/26/2016 11:32:25 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue..)
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To: BenLurkin

“a possible former Trans-Neptunian Object”

Is a former Trans now normal? Is a Trans-Neptuian born that way, or was it a lifestyle choice?


11 posted on 06/26/2016 11:42:26 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Preparation H....


12 posted on 06/26/2016 11:54:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (Make America AMERICA again!.........................)
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To: Swordmaker

Agree.


13 posted on 06/26/2016 11:59:01 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: BenLurkin

You know these hybrids love being the centaur of attention by all the solar bodies.


14 posted on 06/26/2016 12:19:03 PM PDT by Redcitizen
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To: Jack Hydrazine
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/KrOPMW_xB5A/hqdefault.jpg

"Ring around the Centaur .... Ring around the Centaur!"

15 posted on 06/27/2016 9:07:18 AM PDT by mikrofon (Wisk the dust away...)
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