Latest 2 Pallas Stories

2009-10-12 10:20:00

One of the largest asteroids in the solar system appears to be a protoplanet, according to researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles. Named for Greek goddess Pallas Athena, Pallas is the second-largest asteroid in the universe. Britney E. Schmidt, a UCLA doctoral student, led a team of researchers to create a 3D model of the 600km-wide rock. The model is published in Science magazine. The team used images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Pallas lies within the main...

2005-09-07 14:24:58

NASA -- Observations of 1 Ceres, the largest known asteroid, have revealed that the object may be a "mini planet," and may contain large amounts of pure water ice beneath its surface. The observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope also show that Ceres shares characteristics of the rocky, terrestrial planets like Earth. Ceres' shape is almost round like Earth's, suggesting that the asteroid may have a "differentiated interior," with a rocky inner core and a thin, dusty outer crust. "Ceres...

Latest 2 Pallas Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Asteroid -- An asteroid, also called a minor planet or planetoid, is a member of a group of small, planet-like bodies that are part of our solar system. They are believed to be remnants of the interstellar clouds, nebula, that were not incorporated into planets during the formation of the solar system. The largest asteroid in the inner solar system is Ceres with a diameter of 1003 km. It also was the first to be discovered, by Giuseppe Piazzi on January 1, 1801. Nowadays, over 9000...

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