January 17, 2022

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has found two odd pairs of asteroids

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has found two odd pairs of asteroids
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has found two odd pairs of asteroidsNASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has found two odd pairs of asteroids
New Horizons spacecraft

Artist’s impression of the New Horizons spacecraft and a Kuiper belt object

JHUAPL/SwRI

The New Horizons spacecraft has spotted two pairs of small asteroids called “tight twins” on the outer edges of our cosmic neighbourhood. These objects may help us understand how planets were formed in the early solar system.

The members of these pairs of asteroids are so close together that we could never tell from any Earth-based telescope that they consist of two separate objects.

“To make these observations, we had to press the highest-resolution camera on the spacecraft… and …