Scientists may have found yet another ringed object in our solar system

March 17, 2015 1:02 PM

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Though Saturn's rings are the most famous, there are actually five known ringed bodies in the solar system: Uranus, Neptune, Jupiter and a centaur known as Chariklo. Now, scientists are looking to add a sixth body to the pantheon of ringed objects: Chiron, yet another centaur.

Centaurs are rocky, so-called "minor planets" that possess qualities of both asteroids and comets. Scientists only recently detected Chariklo's ring system, and the finding was surprising - centaurs were thought to be mostly dormant. After observing Chiron pass in front of a bright star in 2011, the...

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