Eugene Bagashov: Spinning Asteroids Present Mysteries | Space News

Today, physicist Eugene Bagashov continues his analysis of the scientific missions to the asteroids Bennu and Ryugu, respectively. As Eugene explained in the previous episode, one of the hypotheses scientists have proposed to explain a number of asteroid anomalies is that many asteroids are essentially “rubble piles.” In fact, when asteroids have occasionally displayed dramatic and completely unexpected comet-like tails, the explanation astronomers have offered is that these so-called rubble piles simply began spinning faster and faster, hurling material into space. However, as Eugene explains as he continues his discussion, the latest scientific data offers little support for the rubble-pile asteroid hypothesis.


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