Skip to comments.Asteroid Pallas' violent history revealed in new images
Posted on 02/13/2020 3:17:43 PM PST by BenLurkin
Pallas, which is third largest object in the asteroid belt and named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, can be seen in detailed images published Monday in a study in Nature Astronomy.
Researchers believe that the asteroid's pockmarked surface is a result of its unique orbit. Pallas has a tilted orbit, so it is basically smashing through the asteroid belt at an angle, unlike most other similar objects.
The astronomers obtained 11 series of images, observing Pallas from different angles as it rotated. After pulling the images together, the researchers generated a three-dimensional reconstruction of the shape of the asteroid, in addition to a crater map of its poles.
Thirty-six craters larger than 30 kilometers in diameter were identified, the study notes.
The asteroid's craters seem to cover at least 10 percent of its surface,
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Well, I can see why when you have warmongers shooting at you.
Pallas was a giant warrior killed by Athena, that is how she got the name Pallas Athena.
Violence? Hate it when a solar body turns out to be a real assteroid.
Might be a good place for any Fakestinian state?
Youre quick! I didnt really expect anyone to pick up on that. Ha! But is it far enough to keep earth safe from them? Maybe some similar rock in the Kuiper Belt would be better?
Here’s another good space article that came out today:
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