Comet Takes A Beating

Posted by
DA Morgan on Jul 25, 2002 at 12:46

Sweltering in the heat of the sun, a comet in the inner solar system has broken into a glistening string of at least 19 icy boulders, astronomers said.

Other disintegrating comets have been imaged, but they consisted of only a handful of chunks. None boasted nearly as many pieces, the University of Hawaii research team said.

The scientists knew that comet 57P had split, but were shocked to find so many parts when they looked at it with a telescope on the summit of the highest mountain in Hawaii.

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