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Early solar system evolution revealed using CFHT and Gemini simultaneously!

5 Apr 2017, 11:58 UTC
Early solar system evolution revealed using CFHT and Gemini simultaneously! Gemini Observatoryy/AURA, artwork by Joy Pollard

An international team of astronomers led by Wes Fraser of Queen's University in Belfast used CFHT and Gemini simultaneously to discover a new type of Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) called "Blue Binaries". The wide separation and color of these cold classical Kuiper Belt objects are providing important clues on the early evolution of the solar system. Their findings are published in the April 4 edition of Nature Astronomy.

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