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Odd bodies, rapid spins keep cosmic rings close

23 Nov 2018, 21:00 UTC
Odd bodies, rapid spins keep cosmic rings close ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)
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Forget those shepherding moons. Gravity and the odd shapes of asteroid Chariklo and dwarf planet Haumea – small objects deep in our solar system – can be credited for forming and maintaining their own rings, according new research.

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