Lucy, you’ve surprised us again
New images from the #LucyMission’s first asteroid flyby show that a satellite, already unexpected, is made of two objects – a contact binary. This is the first time we’ve seen a contact binary orbiting another asteroid. https://t.co/NwQfI6k7qz pic.twitter.com/WTSHNLyr86
— NASA Solar System (@NASASolarSystem) November 7, 2023
Asteroids are fascinating objects in the solar system and this double asteroid is currently a mystery of science. Astronomers have their work cut out for them to explain this completely different conformation. astonishing fact. Astrophysicist Patrick Michel enthuses "In short, it's a very exciting surprise. But, as always, nature likes to challenge us. Finding an explanation is going to take a little time, some thought, and probably a little more data." reports the magazine Ciel & Space.
According to NASA, this is the first contact asteroid in orbit ever observed. This type of object is very interesting to see. observing and studying it will allow us to better understand the processes that lead to the formation of surprising asteroids. Indeed, what appears to be a cosmic oddity could actually be a cosmic oddity. be much more common than we imagine. "Contact binaries appear to be quite common in the solar system." thus declared John Spencer, Deputy Lucy Project Scientist. The surprises are just beginning!