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How Kleopatra got its moons

22/02/2011

How Kleopatra got its moons

  • Categoría Astronomía
  • The asteroid Kleopatra, like its namesake, the last pharaoh and queen of Egypt, gave birth to twins – two moons probably spawned by the asteroid sometime in the past 100 million years.
    , In the February issue of the journal Icarus, a team of French and American astronomers, including Franck Marchis, a research astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley, and Pascal Descamps, an astronomer at the Institut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calculs des Éphémérides (IMCCE) of the Observatoire de Paris, report the discovery and also confirm earlier reports that the asteroid is shaped like a dog bone.
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