Chiron may be second minor planet to host ring system

March 18, 2015 4:54 PM

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Chiron may be second minor planet to host ring system

Centaurs are a relatively new class of cosmic objects, rocky spheres that possess characteristics of both asteroids and comets. Five have been identified, so far, all orbiting in between the solar system's asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt.

If Chiron (full name, 2060 Chiron) is confirmed to have rings, it would be the second ringed centaur discovered in a short period of time. Last year, a group of researchers discovered another centaur, Charliko, in possession of two dense, narrow rings.

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