First Ever Asteroid With Six Tails ‘Belches’ Space Dust
Scientists at NASA are scratching their heads after an unusual asteroid was spotted by the Hubble telescope in Hawaii. Unlike most asteroids, this one resembles a “rotating lawn sprinkler,” spraying out six comet-like tails.
“We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it,” lead investigator David Jewitt said in a press release. “Even more amazing, its tail structures change dramatically in just 13 days as it belches out dust.”
Astronomers believe the rock, dubbed P/2013 P5, could have come from an asteroid collision around 200 million years ago. The object may have begun spinning so fast that it started to disintegrate, they suggested.