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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has discovered two odd pairs of asteroids

Space



7 October 2021

By Leah Crane

New Horizons spacecraft

Artist’s impression of the New Horizons spacecraft and a Kuiper belt object

JHUAPL/SwRI

The New Horizons spacecraft has noticed two pairs of small asteroids referred to as “tight twins” on the outer edges of our cosmic neighbourhood. These objects might assist us perceive how planets have been shaped within the early photo voltaic system.

The members of those pairs of asteroids are so shut collectively that we may by no means inform from any Earth-based telescope that they encompass two separate objects.

“To make these observations, we needed to press the highest-resolution digicam on the spacecraft… and …

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