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Artist's impression of Ring System around Asteroid Chariklo (5/6) [HD]

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  • uploaded: Mar 27, 2014
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Observations at many sites in South America, including ESO's La Silla Observatory, have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the fifth body in the Solar System after the much larger planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune to have this feature. The origin of these rings remains a mystery, but they may be the result of a collision that created a disc of artist's impression shows how the asteroid and its ring system may look as they pass in front of a the ObjectName: CharikloData: : Solar System : Interplanetary Body : AsteroidFacility: Danish telescope, TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small TelescopeRelated Video "ESOcast 64: First Ring System Around Asteroid": date: 26 March 2014Related releases "First Ring System Around AsteroidChariklo found to have two rings": at many sites in South America, including ESO's La Silla Observatory, have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the fifth body in the Solar System after the much larger planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune to have this feature. The origin of these rings remains a mystery, but they may be the result of a collision that created a disc of debris. The new results are published online in the journal Nature on 26 March :ESO/L. Calada



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