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Odd asteroid

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago November 07, 2013 Nov 7, 2013 Thursday, November 07 2013 November 07, 2013 6:50 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA- Scientists say they've never seen anything like it, a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

The Hubble Space telescope spotted it.

The comet-like tails change shape as the asteroid sheds dust.

The asteroid is designated P/2013 P5 and is rotating so much that its surface is flying apart.

Scientists believe its the fragment of a larger asteroid damaged in a collision some 200-million years ago.

The Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii spotted the asteroid first in August but the Hubble found all the tails in September.

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