By Sara Gates
How does that happen?
A first observed instance of an asteroid breaking apart now has astronomers baffled, Reuters reported. The new images, captured throughout a period of several months by NASA’s Hubble Telescope, show an asteroid disintegrating and breaking into at least 10 pieces.
What’s puzzling scientists is what led the asteroid to disintegrate. Unlike most space rocks that break apart after a head-on collision, asteroid P/2013 R3 appears to have crumbled without an impetus.
So why did the asteroid suddenly break apart?
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Source: Huffington Post Green