Potentially Dangerous Asteroid is Defying the Laws of Gravity

August 13, 2014 10:41 PM

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Potentially Dangerous Asteroid is Defying the Laws of Gravity

... well, sort of. Experts have determined that a massive asteroid that is due to orbit dangerously close to the Earth is actually composed of rubble spinning at an incredibly fast rate. Somehow, these surface rocks aren't tearing away from the whole to fly off into space, and astrophysicists are wondering why.

Now researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville are suggesting that the asteroid, 1950 DA, is held together by van de Waals forces - cohesive forces never before detected on an asteroid.

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