Found: Mysterious asteroid falling apart at a rate of 1 mile per hour


Peering deep into the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars, scientists have spotted the first disintegrating space rock ever observed.

The rock is crumbing slowly — its disparate pieces gliding gently away from each other at the sluggish rate of one mile an hour, slower than human walking speed.

The strange space rock first caught scientists’ attention in September when the Catalina and Pan STARRS sky survey telescopes detected what looked like an unusually fuzzy object on the far side of the asteroid belt.


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