Van der Waals Spotlight. Asteroid 1950 DA Held Together by Weak Forces

August 14, 2014 1:04 PM

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Asteroid 1950 DA. The asteroid was once thought to be a potentially dangerous asteroid. Back in 2003, a study suggested that should the asteroid impact the Atlantic Ocean, the resulting tsunami waves would be at least 200 feet high.

Scientists’ understanding of 1950 DA took an unexpected turn this month. They found the asteroid is more like a rubble pile, with about half of it being empty space.

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