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New Kind of Asteroid Seemingly Having an Identity Crisis, Discovered by Scientists

HNGN Friday, 22 May 2020 ()
New Kind of Asteroid Seemingly Having an Identity Crisis, Discovered by ScientistsNASA-funded agency ATLAS captured images of an unusual asteroid. The asteroid that was first spotted in 2019 reappeared this month and what makes it different is that it has a comet-like tail.
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News video: ‘First-of-its-Kind’ Asteroid That Sprouted a Comet-Like Tail Discovered

‘First-of-its-Kind’ Asteroid That Sprouted a Comet-Like Tail Discovered 01:10

You’d think comets and asteroids are distinct objects, but sometimes they can get their wires crossed. Now, University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers have found the first Jupiter Trojan asteroid that's acting out of character.

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