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As pointed out back on page 2, such a "dusty tail" asteroid had already been predicted to exist years ago.
that still doesn't satisfy some things. the expelled dust, free of the asteroid, shouldn't extend out straight due to the asteroid's rotation.
or am i missing something?
...formed by a series of impulsive dust-ejection events.
Radiation pressure from the Sun smears out the dust into streamers.
reply to post by All Seeing Eye
What if what we think of Space is far off still. What if there are actual creatures that can survive floating in space? Maybe this is like some kind of massive Space Jelly fish. Kind of like one we see deeeeep in the ocean.
LOL. I believe sick to the stomach is a better bet. That's the feeling you get when a "standard" scientific model breaks.
LOL back to you.
Nobel prizes are what you get when you break a standard model.
Scientists love to discover new things.
You missed actually stopping to read the article cited in the opening post. The asteroid is not said to be continuously streaming dust into space, like water from a hose. Instead, its said to be spasmodic.
If they did, then their response to this wouldn't be the disengenuous "Oh, wow....we are floored. We have no idea what this could be"...
reply to post by Subnatural
How then does some of that "cloud" face towards the sun against the solar wind?
edit on 11/9/2013 by Chamberf=6 because: (no reason given)
But P/2013 P5 isn’t likely to have much volatiles. It’s orbit is part of the inner asteroid belt, and is likely part of the Flora family. That means it probably came from the asteroid 8-Flora, and was knocked off a couple hundred million years ago when an asteroid collided with 8-Flora. We’ve found meteorites from the Flora family that are metamorphic rock, meaning Flora formed at temperatures too high for volatiles. So that really makes it more like an asteroid than a comet.
The study also states, that comet Tail A changed the least between the observations, considering its direction, length and brightness. Differences between position angle and and projected orbital velocity vector allow to suggest that Tail A may contain larger, slower and probably older particles compared to other tails. Tails B, C and D became wider and faded in surface brightness. Meanwhile, Tail E has grown in length and brightness between two observations, indicating that fresh material is currently being fed into the P/2013 P5.
If you follow the train of thought that is being pushed, asteroid, comet, yes, it makes no sense. That is why at this moment in time we need to open our minds further than established science will allow.
It doesn't make any sense though