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Exiled Asteroid Discovered in Outer Reaches of Solar System

9 May 2018, 10:00 UTC
Exiled Asteroid Discovered in Outer Reaches of Solar System ESO/M. Kornmesser

An international team of astronomers has used ESO telescopes to investigate a relic of the primordial Solar System. The team found that the unusual Kuiper Belt Object 2004 EW95 is a carbon-rich asteroid, the first of its kind to be confirmed in the cold outer reaches of the Solar System. This curious object likely formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has been flung billions of kilometres from its origin to its current home in the Kuiper Belt.

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