Minor planet Chiron appears to have surprising set of rings

March 17, 2015 2:23 AM

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Planetary rings have been famous for looping about Saturn and other gas giants for quite some time, but recently, scientists have found rings in surprising new places. In 2011, rings were noted to surround a minor body in the outer solar system, and now a new location – Chiron – appears to possess rings as well.

Chiron, as well as the 2011 discovery subject named Chariklo, is a centaur – an asteroid-comet hybrid that follows an orbital path around the Sun falling between Jupiter and Pluto. The presence of rings orbiting centaurs comes as a surprise to scientists who had believed centaurs to be dormant objec...

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