Asteroid discovered with rings

If you thought that the only objects in the solar system with gravity capable of supporting rings was the gas planets then you would be wrong.

In a startling discovery scientists have now found an asteroid like object orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune which has rings like Saturn. The object know as Chariklo only has a diameter of about 90 miles and is the first time such an object has been found to sport rings.

Chariklo is a centaur which has characteristics similar to both comets and asteroids and is the largest of such objects that orbits between Jupiter and Neptune.

The rings were discovered recently as Chariklo passed in front of a star. It is now thought that other centaurs may also sport rings.

Source: National Geographic.


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