Friday, 7 March 2014

Hubble telescope captures rare photos of crumbling asteroid

The Hubble telescope has captured some stunning images showcasing the early stages of an asteroid breaking apart. The crumbling asteroid, officially known as P/2013 R3, was first noticed in September. A follow-up observation on with the Keck Telescope located in Hawaii revealed that the "fuzzy-looking object" was actually at least three distinct parts. This convinced scientists to direct the powerful Hubble towards the asteroid. They were elated with what they saw: "ten distinct objects, each with comet-like dust tails" moving at a speed of 1.5 kilometers per hour, which the Hubble group says is about the equivalent of a leisurely walk. The four largest pieces measure up to 656 feet across.
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