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A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-played-that-game dept.
astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."

Comment: Re:No, not the Avionics... (Score 5, Insightful) 369

by timthorn (#22117426) Attached to: Failed Avionics a Possible Cause of BA038 Crash
No, this happened at the worst possible point. Over the middle of the ocean the aircraft will have been at perhaps 38000 feet and in a flight configuration, giving time to attempt various restart procedures, declare an emergency and glide to an airfield - a transatlantic flight is rarely out of gliding distance to a landing strip, and a flight from China likewise.

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