Asteroid Odd Couple: Spitting Space-Rock Duo Is Truly Bizarre

In the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists have discovered a pair of space rocks, collectively called 288P, that don’t behave like anything previously observed in that region. The rocks’ strange characteristics could provide new clues about the formation of planets in the solar system, the scientists said.

The asteroids in 288P orbit each other at a distance of about 100 km (about 62 miles), or at least 10 times farther apart than models predict they should be, said Agarwal, who is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany.


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