Latest Binary asteroids Stories
An asteroid about 25 feet (8 meters) across will safely pass Earth at about 1:21 p.m. PST (4:21 p.m. EST) today, March 6, approaching us six times closer than the moon.
Since the discovery of its two moons, the triple asteroid Minerva has been the focus of space and ground-based telescope studies that have attempted to unravel the secrets of this intriguing system.
The asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is often depicted as a dull zone of dead rocks with an occasional wayward speedster smashing through on its way toward the sun.
Asteroids with moons, which scientists call binary asteroids, are common in the solar system. A longstanding question has been how the majority of such moons are formed.
Once considered just your average single asteroid, 2001 SN263 has now been revealed as the first near-Earth triple asteroid ever found.
Astronomers have described in unprecedented detail the double asteroid Antiope, which is shown to be a pair of rubble-pile chunks of material, of about the same size, whirling around one another in a perpetual pas de deux.
A bound pair of icy comets similar to the dirty snowballs circling outside the orbit of Neptune has been found lurking in the shadow of Jupiter.
One of the thousands of minor planets orbiting the Sun has been found to have its own mini planetary system. Astronomer Franck Marchis (University of California, Berkeley, USA) and his colleagues at the Observatoire de Paris (France)  have discovered the first triple asteroid system - two small asteroids orbiting a larger one known since 1866 as 87 Sylvia .
One of the thousands of asteroids orbiting the sun has been found to have a mini planetary system of its own.
One of the thousands of asteroids orbiting the sun has been found to have a mini planetary system of its own. University of California, Berkeley astronomers have discovered the first triple asteroid system - two small asteroids orbiting a larger one known since 1866 as 87 Sylvia.
Dactyl Asteroid -- Dactyl, discovered in 1993, is a tiny asteroid (diameter 1.4 km) that orbits asteroid 243 Ida. The origins of Dactyl are unclear. The two main theories are that it and Ida formed at the same time, and that it was knocked loose by a later impact. Both have problems. Dactyl, found by the Galileo probe was the first asteroid moon discovered. ----- NASA Click here to learn more on this topic from eLibrary:
- Emitting flashes of light; glittering.