the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced the shocking discovery of The first quadruple asteroid within our solar system.
To understand it a little better, we have to explain that asteroids somehow work planets styleso they also have a file gravitational field which can It attracts other, smaller space rocks into orbit.
So far, some asteroids are orbiting with it Just a small moon in its orbitor in cases Much Plus abnormal With two small rocks but never with threeas was the case with Asteroid Electrathus became The first quadruple asteroid seen in human history.
The history of the Electra goes way back Almost 150 years agowhen it was first conceived in 1873 as unibody From 200 km approximately From Litchfield Observatory, in the United States. accordingly, in 2003 Your has been detected first moon From 6 kilometersin 2014 The second From 2 km; and now In the third 2022the smallest of all, in diameter 1.6 km.
In order to identify these “small” objects, the team of astronomers had to modify the information collected by Very Large Telescope (VLT)located in Atacama desertUtilization Different Algorithms who allowed them Reduce the light from the main rock until it is removed from the image This way you are able to appreciate what is going on around you.
Can Electra collide with Earth?
Since what happened to the dinosaurs 64 million years agoone of the most common questions that both the scientific community and the rest of people ask themselves when we see a meteorite or an asteroid is if this It can hit us again. The fact in this case is that work ratio from electra in asteroid belt For our solar system, more precisely Between the orbits of Mars and Jupiterso the chances of it hitting us are very low.