The recent breakup of an asteroid in the main-belt region

  title={The recent breakup of an asteroid in the main-belt region},
  author={D. Nesvorn{\'y} and W. Bottke and L. Dones and H. Levison},
The present population of asteroids in the main belt is largely the result of many past collisions. Ideally, the asteroid fragments resulting from each impact event could help us understand the large-scale collisions that shaped the planets during early epochs. Most known asteroid fragment families, however, are very old and have therefore undergone significant collisional and dynamical evolution since their formation. This evolution has masked the properties of the original collisions. Here we… Expand

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