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Ringed Chariklo

Ringed Chariklo

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Ringed Chariklo
Chariklo is the largest Centaur, an icy world in the realm between asteroids and comets. In 2013, it was discovered to have not one, but two, rings. Chariklo is about 250 km or so in diameter. Its inner ring is at 391 kilometers from the center of Chariklo and is 7 kilometers wide. Its outer ring is at 405 kilometers and is 3 kilometers wide. The gap between the rings is 8 kilometers wide.

More information on this discovery from the European Southern Observatory >

A previous version of this image depicted a spherical Chariklo. This version has been updated with shape information from the published paper.

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Original image data dated on or about March 26, 2014

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