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Fraser
2015-Jan-26, 11:40 PM
Wonderful news! Asteroid 2004 BL86, which passed closest to Earth today at a distance of 750,000 miles (1.2 million km), has a companion moon. Scientists working with NASA’s 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of the asteroid which show the tiny object in orbit about the […]

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Squink
2015-Jan-28, 12:16 AM
I'm surprised at how round BL86 is. At 340 metres diameter, gravity's not going to have a lot to do with its shape.
So something else is acting, or it's a total rubble pile?