Asteroids Don’t Break Up Like You Think They Do: Study

Artist's impression of an asteroid breaking up. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Artist’s impression of an asteroid breaking up. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The early Solar System was a shooting gallery. Smaller-body collisions happened far more frequently than we see it today, pockmarking the Moon and Mercury. On a larger scale, simulation show the Earth came close to blowing apart when a Mars-sized object crashed into us long ago.

So we’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s asteroid collisions that cause these tiny bodies to break up, given their numbers and the history of our neighborhood. But it turns out, a new study says, that the larger asteroids likely have another way of coming apart.

(…)
Read the rest of Asteroids Don’t Break Up Like You Think They Do: Study (237 words)


© Elizabeth Howell for Universe Today, 2014. |
Permalink |
No comment |

Post tags:

Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh

—> Read More Here

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *