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New paper on centaurs

  1. Jul 26, 2013 #1

    jim mcnamara

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    JPL news:

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    Centaurs are smaller bodies orbiting out between Jupiter and Neptune, that have been difficult to classify. NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has provided data to show that centaurs are almost all cometary in origin.

    Centaurs are named after the half-man half-horse of mythology because of their apparent dual nature: asteroids that have characteristics of comets.
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  3. Jul 27, 2013 #2


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    Thanks for the post and links

    never heard of the Centaurs before, learn something new every day :)

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