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NASA's Hubble Spies Asteroid Spouting Six Comet-like Tails

NASA's Hubble Spies Asteroid Spouting Six Comet-like Tails

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 ASA's Hubble spies asteroid spouting six comet-like tails 
Is it a lawn sprinkler in space? An asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it -- like a rotating lawn sprinkler -- was spotted for the first time by ASA's Hubble Space telescope!"e were literally dumbfounded when we saw it#! lead in$estigator %a$id &ewitt of the ni$ersity of (alifornia at )os Angeles said today in a press release Astronomers were pu**led o$er the tiny points of light beaming from asteroid +,./0 +1 found in August Howe$er# it wasn't until September /. when Hubble was used to take a more detailed image of the flying ob2ect that the multiple tails were disco$ered"hen Hubble spotted the asteroid again on September 0# !3$en more ama*ing# its tail structures change dramatically in 2ust /0 days as it belches out dust#! &ewitt said !4hat also caught us by surprise It's hard to belie$e we5re looking at an asteroid!Astronomers belie$e the asteroid's rotation rate increased to the point where its surface starting flying apart causing the tails of dust to blast off into space4he mysterious asteroid will continue to be obser$ed by &ewitt and his team of astronomers in hopes of measuring the asteroid's true spin rate

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