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April 29, 2016
Elektra: A New Triple Asteroid
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 29, 2016
Astronomers have discovered a new satellite orbiting the main belt asteroid (130) Elektra - the smallest object visible in this image. The team, led by Bin Yang (ESO, Santiago, Chile), imaged it using the extreme adaptive optics instrument, SPHERE, installed on the Unit Telescope 3 of ESO's Very Large Telescope at Cerro Paranal, Chile. This new, second moonlet of (130) Elektra is about 2 kilometres across and has been provisionally named S/2014 (130) 1, making (130) Elektra a triple system. Explo ... read more

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