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Mass-Shedding Activities of Asteroid (3200) Phaethon Enhanced by Its Rotation

21 Apr 2020, 16:00 UTC
Mass-Shedding Activities of Asteroid (3200) Phaethon Enhanced by Its Rotation
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Ryota Nakano and Masatoshi Hirabayashi 2020 ApJL 892 L22
Asteroid (3200) Phaethon, a source of the Geminid meteor stream, is rotating close to or above its critical rotation period; the Geminids may be the result of a past mass-shedding event from when it spun even faster.

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