Thursday, February 04, 2010

Mystery object leaves astronomers puzzled

A new Mystery object has astronomers puzzled over what it is:

The mystery object, located 100 million miles from Earth, may really be the aftermath of a hypervelocity collision between two asteroids -- like a bullet hitting another bullet. Whatever it is, nothing quite like it has ever before been seen in the heavens.

The comet-like object, called P/2010 A2, was first discovered by the LINEAR (Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program) sky survey on January 6. Telescopes around the world turned their attention to it.

Comet expert David Jewitt of UCLA quickly applied for special discretionary time on the Hubble Space Telescope to get a close-up look at the object. Hubble pictures take on January 25 and 29 left everyone speechless

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