Medical News We’ve spotted a strange asteroid that’s spinning itself to pieces

Medical News We’ve spotted a strange asteroid that’s spinning itself to pieces

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4 May 2019

(6478) Gault is a strange asteroid around 4.5 kilometres across that orbits the sun every 3.5 yearsNASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt, MD, USA
By Leah CraneThere’s a new type of asteroid, and it’s spinning so fast it’s falling apart. A small asteroid has been throwing off rocks for at least 6 years, the most activity we’ve ever seen from a rock of its type.
Generally there are two reasons for an asteroid to blow off material: either something has hit it, or it has ices or elements called volatiles, including water, …

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