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Which asteroid has a tiny moon of its own??

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Asked by AMAY RUHELA, 13 Jan '08 01:38 pm
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Asteroid 243.
An image of the asteroid 243 Ida, being radioed piecemeal to Earth by the Galileo spacecraft, indicates that the rocky body has a tiny moon orbiting it. If confirmed when Galileo finishes transmitting the image late this month, this would be the first moon of an asteroid ever detected.

During a brief photo session with Galileo last August, Ida became the second asteroid ever to be imaged from space (SN: 11/6/93, p.300). But because the craft's main antenna never fully opened, Galileo couldn't radio the pictures immediately Instead, it stored them on a tape recorder for transmission later at a much slower rate by a less powerful antenna.
One complete image, a high-resolution portrait of the 56-kilometer-long asteroid received in September, gave no hint of a moon. But parts of a second, lower-resolution image reveal an intriguing feature.

Galileo began sending this image 3 weeks ago. The trickle of data received so far - thin, widely spaced strips of the full pict ...more
Answered by GOPI KUMAR, 13 Jan '08 01:42 pm

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There are many such asteroids which have their own tiny moons...
Asteroid Ida and its moon Dactyl were discovered by the Galilio probe
ASteroid Kalliope and its moon Linus was discoverd in 2001

Answered by sumitha, 13 Jan '08 01:43 pm

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