Astronomers first spotted an odd looking asteroid in September of 2013. At the time, it looked appeared to be an unusual fuzzy object in space. Two weeks later, closer observations reveal what appeared to be three bodies moving together in a cloud of dust roughly the diameter of the Earth. To get a better look they turned the Hubble Space telescope at the object to view the object and discovered that was 10 objects each with tails like a comet. The four largest fragments were about 400 yards in diameter. Then, the scientists realized this was an asteroid that was breaking into smaller pieces as it traveled. They had seen similar events when objects approached the sun, but never in an object located in the asteroid belt. They speculate uneven heating causes asteroids to start rotating faster which eventually breaks them apart. The researchers say evidence suggests the pieces will eventually crash into the sun, but a few might produce a meteor shower in earth’s sky’s one day.—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Asteroid Mysteriously Disintegrates and Nasa’s Hubble Telescope captures it on Camera,http://www.cbsnews.com/news/asteroid-mysteriously-disintegrates-and-nasas-hubble-telescope-captures-it-on-camera, Accessed March 7, 2014.
Psalm 33:6 (HCSB) The heavens were made by the word of the LORD, and all the stars, by the breath of His mouth.