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Kleopatra main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter

  1. May 18, 2005 #1

    wolram

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    http://www.spacescience.com/headlines/y2000/ast08may_1.htm

    The asteroid, named 216 Kleopatra, is a large object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter; it measures about 217 kilometers (135 miles) long and about 94 kilometers (58 miles) wide. Kleopatra was discovered in 1880, but until now, its shape was unknown.

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    "With its dog bone shape, Kleopatra is one of the most unusual asteroids we've seen in the Solar System," said Dr. Steven Ostro of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, who led a team of astronomers observing Kleopatra with the 1,000-foot (305- meter) telescope of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. "Kleopatra could be the remnant of an incredibly violent collision between two asteroids that did not completely shatter and disperse all the fragments."

    This page also states that klopatra is metalic, and could have been the
    core of a larger body, but the shape is wrong shurly.
    I dont buy the argument that it was once two bodies that have joined by
    infilling.
    Anyone have more on this?
     
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  3. May 18, 2005 #2

    Garth

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    A metallic asteroid should also have a significant fraction of precious metals. Kleopatra may be a good name for it!
    Anyone for chewing on the dog bone?

    Garth
     
  4. May 18, 2005 #3

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    From the same page.

    "It is amazing that nature has produced a giant metallic object with such a peculiar shape," said Ostro. "We can think of some possible scenarios, but at this point none is very satisfying. The object's existence is a perplexing mystery that tells us how far we have to go to understand more about asteroid shapes and collisions."

    Could the core have been "plastic", when the collision occurred, and
    centrifugal forces form this shape?
     
  5. May 19, 2005 #4

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    AFAIK, Ostro is one of the leading researchers in this area.

    However, the field is relatively young, and there are few (none?) examples of the models being validated by 'up close and personal' photos from flyby or orbiting spaceprobes.

    As is often (usually?) the case, the next ~30 years will see all manner of refinements, adjustments, and so on, and what will emerge is that Ostro et al got ~50-95% 'right', and that there is great fascination in the ~5-50% that they got 'not quite right'. :smile:
     
  6. May 23, 2005 #5

    wolram

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    Neried

    ashamed to say i do not know the name,

    AFAIK, Ostro is one of the leading researchers in this area.

    but soon will :smile:
     
  7. May 23, 2005 #6

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    The process, "Tidal stripping", makes me think that our galaxy has
    experienced massive disruption in the past.

    Ostro sj?
     
  8. May 23, 2005 #7

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    STEVEN J. OSTRO IS RECIPIENT OF THE DPS 2003 KUIPER PRIZE ... "Ostro has been a pioneer and principal driving force in the area of planetary radar astronomy and continues to push the capabilities of this field to new heights. He is recognized for the first ever main-belt asteroid detection, of Ceres, as a graduate student and the extensive program of radar observations of near-Earth and main-belt asteroids since. The result has been a series of spatially-resolved images that have profoundly impacted our understanding of these bodies. Notable discoveries include the first strong evidence for a contact binary asteroid, 4769 Castalia; the most compelling evidence for a metallic, near-Earth asteroid, 1986 DA; the first confirmed non-principal axis rotator asteroid, 4179 Toutatis; the first mapping of a decameter, monolithic, rapidly rotating asteroid, 1998 KY26; and the first clearly resolved radar images of a main-belt asteroid, 216 Kleopatra. He made the first radar detection of Phobos and has been involved in radar studies of Saturn's rings, the Galilean satellites and Mars." (extracts)
     
  9. May 24, 2005 #8

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    Thanks NEREID

    Has our spiral arm been disrupted via mergers "Canis major", other, in
    past times?
     
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