Astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-rich asteroid in the Kuiper Belt!

Astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-rich asteroid in the Kuiper Belt!

The first carbon-rich asteroid in Kuiper Belt is discovered by the Astronomers, the first of its kind to be confirmed in the cold outer reaches of the solar system. This object designated 2004 EW95, likely formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has been flung billions of kilometers from its origin to its current home in the Kuiper Belt. They found that the space rock's reflectance range is the particular example of wavelengths of light reflected from an object was different to that of similar small Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs), which normally have uninteresting, featureless spectra that reveal little information about their composition. 2004 EW95, reflectance spectrum was clearly distinct from the other observed outer Solar System objects. It looked enough of a weirdo for them to take a closer look. Theoretical models of the early days of our solar system predict that after the gas giants formed they rampaged through the solar system, ejecting small rocky bodies from the inter close planetary system to far-flung orbits at great distances from the Sun. In particular, these models suggest that the Kuiper Belt is a cold region beyond the orbit of Neptune that should contain a small fraction of rocky bodies, such as carbon-rich asteroids, referred to as carbonaceous asteroids. After measurements from multiple instruments at European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT), the team of astronomers was able to measure the composition of the object. The research explains that it originally formed in the inner solar system and must have since migrated outwards.

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