The new finding has left asteroid specialists stunned as they discovered a weird possibility. Utilizing remote sensing image data to analyze a particular asteroid, a team of astronomers discovered that the craters on the asteroid Ryugu are quite different.
As a matter of fact, the eastern and western orbs of the listed as a Near-Earth Object (NEO) space rock may have actually taken form at separate times. A team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Naoyuki Hiratoa of the Department of Planetology at Kope University’s Graduate School of Science discovered very uneven surface patterns and contradictory sides of the asteroid.
The Japan-based university used images taken by a new uncrewed probe known as Hayabusa-2, which was launched by the Japan Space Agency (JAXA). The spacecraft has been snapping pictures of the probably dangerous space rock since June of last year.
Two Different Orbital Change Periods
Specialists analyzed the images in detail and discovered a total of 77 craters on Ryugu. However, it was the location of the craters that made scientists understand more about the way they formed. The American Scientific Journal Icarus issued the results on November 5th, depicting the shocking discovery.
After closely observing thousands of images sent by Hayabusa-2, the team detected craters that measure between 10 meters (32 feet) and 20 meters (65 feet) in diameter. The experts examined the location of the crates and determined that the majority of craters were discovered to be located in the area of the eastern hemisphere, close to the meridian. Ryugu’s largest crater, dubbed Cendrillon, is close to that region. In an austere contrast, the western hemisphere of the asteroid was found to host only a few craters.
The findings imply that the western side of the space rock may have taken form much later than the other regions. If the eastern and western orbs were indeed shaped at separate times, this could indicate something much bigger. It could mean that in the past, there was a minimum of two periods when the cosmic object’s orbital speed enhanced.