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Double Asteroid Discovered by Morocco Oukaimeden Sky Survey

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A double asteroid was discovered by Morocco's Oukaimeden Sky Survey of the Marrakech Cadi Ayyad University (UCAM).
Double Asteroid Discovered by Morocco Oukaimeden Sky Survey
13 July 2018

Near-Earth "2017 YE5", which was discovered on Dec. 2017, is a potentially hazardous asteroid, UCAM said in a release.

The two pieces of 2017 YE5 are almost the same size, each about 3,000 feet (900 meters) across, and are circling each other every 20 to 24 hours, said Marina Brozović, a radar scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, quoted in the release.

This is only the fourth "equal mass" binary near-Earth asteroid ever detected, consisting of two objects nearly identical in size, orbiting each other.

Last modified : 13 July 2018

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