Identity crisis? Active Asteroid 62412 Grows Comet-like Tail

November 13, 2014 4:03 AM

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Asteroid 62412 was believed to be a typical asteroid for many years but two astronomers found it has an unexpected tail making it look like a comet. It is now being reclassified as an active asteroid.(Photo : NASA, ESA, M.A. Garlick (space-art.co.uk), University of Warwick, and University of Cambridge.)

Asteroid 62412 was believed to be a typical asteroid for many years but two astronomers found it has an unexpected tail making it look like a comet. It is now being reclassified as an active asteroid.

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