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Sunlight Alters The Rotation Of Asteroids!

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posted on Mar, 8 2007 @ 01:25 PM
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Sunlight Alters The Rotation Of Asteroids!


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The idea is the sun's heat serves as a propulsion engine on the irregular features of an asteroid's surface. "YORP can accelerate or decelerate the rotation rate," Mikko Kaasalainen of the University of Helsinki in Finland said by e-mail.

When sunlight hits the asteroid, the solar energy is absorbed and then radiated back into space. When the asteroid is not spherical, this can create a push off parts of its surface that alters its spin.
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posted on Mar, 8 2007 @ 01:25 PM
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I find it interesting that energy from the sun actually effects the rotation of asteroids. I'm curious as to whether it can also alter the flight path of an asteroid as well. If so could something like a "gigantic magnifying glass" or a strong laser be used to alter the path so it would no longer be a threat to earth?

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posted on Mar, 8 2007 @ 02:11 PM
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This has been known for a long time. One of the methods of actually deflecting an NEO that has been proposed is to paint it white or black depending on the situation. It wouldn't be regular paint though heh. This is the basic prinicipal of a solar sail.



posted on Mar, 8 2007 @ 03:07 PM
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Originally posted by sardion2000
This has been known for a long time. One of the methods of actually deflecting an NEO that has been proposed is to paint it white or black depending on the situation. It wouldn't be regular paint though heh. This is the basic prinicipal of a solar sail.


I didn't know that. Pretty cool. Thanks for the info!



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