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Researchers Are Cramming Over An Asteroid Assassination

Mars and Jupiter have an asteroid belt hanging in between and this belt is not a clutter of debris. There are millions of rocky and metal objects present in the belt but they are a few distances apart and thus, their collisions are rare. P/2016 G1 is one of the exciting objects that were spotted hovering through the asteroid belt at the start of 2016. The object was found to have a strange orbit and a trail of dust that looked exactly like a comet. The telescopic imagery has helped scientists identify the numerous showers of debris that crop up from its surface and this is something that only an impact can produce.

The researchers have confirmed that it was not a comet but an immediate result of an asteroid’s assassination. The asteroid assassination is believed to have helped Earth stay safe from the asteroid hazards. The Pan-Starrs1 telescope seems to have helped astronomers discover P/2016 G1 in 2016 and it is now that after backtracking of the images that the rocky clumps have been identified. The remnants of the asteroid, fine dust loud, and other debris are also being investigated. The computer simulations have shown that the expanding ring of debris that is emerging from the object is actually the result of the impact. In the case of the asteroid, the energy or stream of debris was found to simply move across space. The asteroid just disappeared and it can no longer be seen.

Similarly, NASA has recently captured images using the Hubble Space Telescope that showed an asteroid tearing itself apart. The asteroid is located 214 million mi from the Sun. The 2.5-mile-wide asteroid (6478) Gault is gyrating so fast that it is self-destructing and tossing off debris tails half a million miles long. The researchers found Gault to be disintegrating due to the Yarkovsky–O’Keefe–Radzievskii–Paddack (YORP) effect.

Justin Woodruff

Justin Woodruff has completed his education in Bachelor of Astronomy & Space Sciences before switching his career to become a full-fledged writer. He has previously toiled with a reputed organization for almost 3 years. Currently, he is working as a senior most copy editor and writer at The BunBury Mail firm handling the Science department. He has a keen interest in reading science books or completing short-term Astrophysics & planetary astronomy courses on the side-by-side basis.

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