Current Affair Diary 2/11/2020

Asteroid 16 Psyche

✓A recent study has found that asteroid 16 Psyche, which orbits between Mars and Jupiter, could be made entirely of metal.

✓It is worth an estimated $10,000 quadrillion — more than the entire economy of Earth.

✓New images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope offer a closer view of the asteroid 16 Psyche, whose surface may mostly comprise iron and nickel, similar to the Earth’s core.

✓Scientists believe that the asteroid may be the leftover core of an earlier planet that lost its crust and mantle after multiple collisions during the creation of our solar system.

✓The exact composition and origins of the asteroid will be uncovered in 2022, when NASA sends an unmanned spacecraft to study it up close.

✓It is located around 370 million km away from Earth.

✓It is one of the most massive objects in the asteroid belt in our solar system.

✓The somewhat potato-shaped asteroid has a diameter of around 140 miles,

✓It was first discovered on March 17, 1853, by the Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis and was named after the ancient Greek goddess of the soul, Psyche.

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06/11/2020
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