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| The Sun May Be Busting Asteroids into Tiny Pieces
While NASA struggles to find ways to destroy asteroids and meteors before they crash into the Earth, the Sun is doing its part by ripping asteroids apart at their cosmic seams and casting their tiny pieces into the solar wind. Should NASA try bumping space objects into a tight solar orbit so they get bumped off by the Sun? Here's another question. How would you like to have a nice cushy job tracking an asteroid only to have it suddenly and unexpectedly smashed to bits by the Sun along with the asteroid? According to a new report presented recently at the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting in Pasadena, California, that may be happening too. In 1983, astronomers discovered 3200 Phaethon – an asteroid with a comet-like tail (sometimes called a rock comet) and the first asteroid to be discovered using images from a satellite – in this case, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). Phaethon was deemed an asteroid worth watching for more reasons that just its tail. It's a rare Apollo