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Planetoid Pairs Reveal "A Kinder, Gentler Neptune"
April 4, 2017
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A new study indicates that Neptune gently swept a class of loosely bound pairs of planetoids, known as "blue binaries," into the outer solar system. Neptune's gravitational nudges likely shepherded this type of planetoid pairs into the distant area known as the Kuiper belt. The study uses data collected from NSF's Gemini Observatory.Full Story
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