Asteroid with rings – level 1

18-07-2023 15:00

Scientists find a special asteroid. The asteroid is in front of a star. It is 250 kilometres wide. The scientists are surprised. The asteroid has two rings.

People thought that only big planets have rings. This is not true. Small objects have rings, too. This asteroid is the smallest object that has rings. We don’t know how the rings are formed. They are probably made of ice and rocks.

Difficult words: thought (past tense of think), object (thing), to be formed (to make something).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What are the potential implications of this asteroid with rings for our understanding of the universe?


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