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A large, heavily cratered asteroid known as Pallas has a violent history, and as a scientist in a new study.
More, which is the third-largest object in the asteroid belt and is named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, can be seen in the detailed images to be published on Monday a study into the Nature of Astronomy.
The researchers believe that the asteroid’s pockmarked surface is the result of a unique orbit. Pallas has an oblique course, and so it is, in fact, a path through the asteroid belt at an angle, as opposed to most of the other similar items.
“Pallas’ orbit, it implies a very high speed impact,” Michaël Marsset, the paper’s lead author and a post-graduate student in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, told MIT News. “From these images, we can say that the More it is the most cratered object known in the asteroid belt. It’s like discovering a whole new world.”
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A few of the pictures show two views of a Pallas, with its pock-marked surface. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (mit)
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The astronomers have obtained in the 11-series of frames, the observations of Pallas, from a variety of angles as it is rotated. When this happens, the images, the researchers generated three-dimensional reconstruction of the shape of the asteroid, next to a crater in the map of poland.
Thirty-six craters larger than 30 km in diameter were identified, the study notes.
The asteroid’s craters seem to have been there for at least ten (10) percent of the surface area, the researchers in their paper, was “suggestive of a violent collisional history.”
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