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Astronomers Gain Asteroid Trail Understanding
2013-02-21 20:43:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers writing in The Astrophysical Journal Letters say they have discovered the reason behind the strange scene when finding an asteroid with a tail. Just ten asteroids to date have been observed to have displayed a tail, similar to a comet, and one of these objects, P/2012 F5, was discovered in March 2012 from the Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona. These asteroids are also known as MBCs. Spanish astrophysicists from...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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