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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Near-Earth asteroid with strange horseshoe orbit

Researchers at Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland have been studying this weird asteroid that has a near-Earth orbit that resembles a horse shoe. It does an about face mid-orbit completely changing directions. It's the competing gravitational forces of the Earth and Sun that cause this strange effect. The asteroid was discovered in 2010 by the WISE Earth-orbiting observatory.

The name of this wild and crazy asteroid: "Asteroid 2010 SO16". The Cry Baby is giving it the much cooler moniker "Crazy-ass".

Asteroid 2010 SO16's crazy-ass orbit (Credit: NASA)


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