Saturday, November 9, 2013
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Astronomers Puzzled, Shocked By "Freakish Object"
A "weird and freakish object" has been discovered by a team of astronomers led by investigator David Jewitt, a professor of the University of California at Los Angeles.
The object designated P/2013 P5 resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and now astronomers try to find an explanation for this bizarre asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel.
"It's hard to believe we're looking at an asteroid," said lead Jewitt. "We were dumbfounded when we saw it. Amazingly, its tail structures change dramatically in just 13 days as it belches out dust."