Asteroid Toutatis is visiting again

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Asteroid Toutatis is visiting again

 http://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/as...

interesting article and facinating pics of the closest asteroid in a long time to pass by.

Toutatis has one of the strangest rotation states yet observed in the solar system. Instead of the spinning about a single axis as do the planets and the vast majority of asteroids, it "tumbles" somewhat like a football after a botched pass. Its rotation is the result of two different types of motion with periods of 5.4 and 7.3 Earth days that combine in such way that Toutatis's orientation with respect to the solar system never repeats.

http://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroids/4179_Toutatis/P46256.jpg


The "earth crossing" website... http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/~hu...
By netchicken: posted on 28-9-2004

it looks like someone chucked a huge turd into space. I feel quite sad I was already aware of this particular asteroid. :j
By John Nada: posted on 21-10-2004








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