Binary contacts

Contact binary moons?

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Asteroids and comets formed as contact binaries were a real surprise to astronomy and geology theory. Now contact binary moons? Astronomers are suggesting that the small moon of Kuiper Belt planet MU69 may have somehow been formed through collision and melting fusing together of larger space bodies. Earth-based observations suggest the small icy world, referred …

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What are the odds? Contact binary comets and asteroids

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What are the odds? That although we have only seen up close and visited a few asteroids and comets they are mostly shaped like ‘rubber ducks’? The 2 joined lobs making what science calls contact binary comets or contact binary asteroids. Halley’s Comet (1P), Comet Borrelly (19P), Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P), Comet Hartley 2 (103P) are …

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