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Discovering the birth of an asteroid trail

Discovering the birth of an asteroid trail | Science Wow Factor | Scoop.it

Unlike comets, asteroids are not characterised by exhibiting a trail, but there are now ten exceptions. Spanish researchers have observed one of these rare asteroids from the Gran Telescopio Canarias (Spain) and have discovered that something happened around the 1st July 2011 causing its trail to appear: maybe internal rupture or collision with another asteroid.


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Hubble Sees Cosmic “Flying V” of Merging Galaxies

Hubble Sees Cosmic “Flying V” of Merging Galaxies | Science Wow Factor | Scoop.it

This large “flying V” is actually two distinct objects — a pair of interacting galaxies known as IC 2184. Both the galaxies are seen almost edge-on in the large, faint northern constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe), and can be seen as bright streaks of light surrounded by the ghostly shapes of their tidal tails.


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