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The Hubble telescope spotted an asteroid that has grown two tails — and scientists think it’s ripping itself to pieces

A 2.5-mile-wide asteroid called 6478 Gault was discovered in 1988. The space rock recently grew two long, bright tails like a comet, which astronomers struggled to explain. The Hubble telescope studied the tails in detail, while ground-based observatories helped confirm the asteroid was rapidly spinning. Researchers figured that sunlight gradually […]
The Hubble telescope spotted an asteroid that has grown two tails — and scientists think it’s ripping itself to pieces