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Asteroid Mysteriously Disintegrates

Asteroid Mysteriously Disintegrates

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed a never-before-seen view of an asteroid breaking apart in deep space. Astronomers first discovered the asteroid in September 2013 and subsequent observations by the Keck Telescope in Hawaii revealed three bodies traveling together in a dust cloud nearly the diameter of Earth. Hubble's higher resolution images showed there were actually 10 separate objects, each with comet-like dust tails. "This is a really bizarre thing to observe — we've never seen anything like it before," said Jessica Agarwal of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany. More details at

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