Asteroid-Comet Hybrid Found With Surprise Ring System

March 16, 2015 7:38 PM

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Asteroid-Comet Hybrid Found With Surprise Ring System

There is an exclusive group of celestial bodies in our solar system that are known to possess rings. The most famous is Saturn, of course, but Uranus, Neptune and Jupiter also sport some understated dusty rings.

In recent years, however, astronomers have discovered that ring systems aren’t exclusive to the gas giants. In 2011, a small icy minor body in the outer solar system was also discovered to have rings. Chariklo is a centaur, an asteroid-comet hybrid orbiting the sun in a region between Jupiter and Pl...

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