Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Submission + - First near-Earth triple asteroid found (

Kligat writes: Radio astronomers have discovered that the asteroid 2001 SN63 is actually a trio, with the main body being 2 km in diameter. The two fragments orbiting it are 1km and 400m in diameter. When sunlight hits a near-Earth asteroid that isn't a perfect sphere, it increases its spin, and if it rotates too fast, it breaks apart and sometimes forms natural satellites that orbit the main body.
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

First near-Earth triple asteroid found

Comments Filter:

"Live or die, I'll make a million." -- Reebus Kneebus, before his jump to the center of the earth, Firesign Theater