The Breakup of a Main-Belt Asteroid 450 Thousand Years Ago

@article{Nesvorn2006TheBO,
  title={The Breakup of a Main-Belt Asteroid 450 Thousand Years Ago},
  author={D. Nesvorn{\'y} and D. Vokrouhlicky and W. Bottke},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={312},
  pages={1490 - 1490}
}
Collisions in the asteroid belt frequently lead to catastrophic breakups, where more than half of the target's mass is ejected into space. Several dozen large asteroids have been disrupted by impacts over the past several billion years. These impact events have produced groups of fragments with similar orbits called asteroid families. Here we report the discovery of a very young asteroid family around the object 1270 Datura. Our work takes advantage of a method for identification of recent… Expand
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This manuscript is based upon work supported by NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics program and the Czech Grant Agency