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Astronomers discover Saturn-like rings around asteroid

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Kim MacDonald
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Saturday, March 29, 2014, 3:07 PM -

Astronomers are always making exciting new discoveries. 

This one was made in our own backyard. For the first time ever, scientists have found an asteroid surrounded by a set of rings. 


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Asteroids are found across our solar system. This is one of the largest orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. It is about 250 km across, or just a bit bigger than Prince Edward Island. 

Careful observations have shown that two narrow rings encircle the huge rock. 


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Researchers believe they formed from debris left over by a collision with another object. Until this discovery, scientists thought rings couldn't form around asteroids. 

Rings also orbit the planets Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.

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