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Sunlight Can Change the Way Asteroids Spin in Space


March 7, 2007

Rendering of a shape model Sunlight alone can change the way an asteroid and other small bodies spin in space, suggests a new study. The observations provide the most conclusive evidence to date that an effect of sunlight called YORP (Yarkovsky-O'Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddack) plays a direct role in the evolution of asteroids. Full Story

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Cornell University Chronicle

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