Beautiful image just released with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope shows Gault, a very small (by the standards galactic) asteroid furiously spinning through the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and to break down in the process.
It should be noted that this process, which is very slow. Researchers believe that this may be the beginning of between 10 and 100 million years ago. The pressure of sunlight slowly accelerated rotation Gault, making it more unstable. Evidence of its slow decay can be seen in his glowing tails, the longest of which measures 500,000 miles. Gault only 2.5 miles (four kilometers) in diameter.
In the release, Queens University Belfast, European Southern Observatory researcher said Olivier Hainaut, as new technology has made it easier to catch these rare, fleeting moments of heaven.
"Active and unstable asteroids, such as the Gault only now seen for new research telescopes that scan the entire sky, which means asteroids that misbehaving such as Gault could not avoid finding out more."