A look at 3200 Phaethon: A big, bizarre, blue asteroid we plan to visit

New research recommends the “stone comet” is more unusual than already thought.




t could be the most peculiar space rock in our divine neighborhood.

Named 3200 Phaethon, the 5 far reaching (3.1-mile) space shake is one of only a handful couple of space rocks in charge of a meteor shower, it makes strangely close goes by the sun as it circles and it’s additionally a surprising shading.

“It’s a bizarre blue space rock that made the Geminids and gets so hot that metals at first glance swing to goo,” Teddy Kareta, an alumni understudy at the University of Arizona, told journalists Tuesday. He was talking at the 50th yearly gathering of the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Kareta drove a worldwide group of analysts who examined the odd space rock, which once in a while acts like a comet by discharging a dusty tail when it passes near the sun, gaining it the epithet the “stone comet.” He says they observed it to be much more confounding than anticipated.

He said they found Phaethon is darker with a more uniform surface than beforehand thought, discoveries the group trusts will be valuable in the Japanese Space Agency’s arranged Destiny Plus mission to the question in the following decade.

Phaethon was found to be the wellspring of the Geminid meteor shower in 1983. Prior to at that point, it was imagined that no one but comets could be the wellspring of meteor showers. Also, It’s one of not very many blue space rocks. Most space rocks and comets have a tendency to be more dark or red. Its unconventional circle around the sun additionally implies it achieves temperatures surpassing 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit (800 Celsius).

In anticipation of the dispatch of Destiny Plus, right now set for 2022 with landing in the space rock around 2025, Kareta would like to have the capacity to contemplate a couple of known pieces of Phaethon to open the riddles of its unusual quality.

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