NASA has announced that it will award the Distinguished Public Service Medal, its highest honor, to astronomer Yervant Terzian, the Tisch Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Professor…
Asteroid 3552 Don Quixote was discovered by Paul Wilde September 26, 1983. According to scientists this asteroid is can be included in a group of comets of Jupiter.More recently, scientists conducted an experiment in which the asteroid was cloned 100 times, obtaining hypothetical asteroids that have helped to study the orbital evolution of bodies of this type. It is believed that these asteroids have emerged from the parent body between Mars and Jupiter under the influence of gravity of large planets. Now scientists believe that such a body as asteroid 3552 is the accumulation of the solar nebula, which has undergone many changes as a result of collisions due to planetary perturbations. Quantity and mass of protoplanets, and also the time required for its growth depends on the characteristics of the original disc. Most asteroids are between Mars and Jupiter, because of that the collisions occur so frequently.
This collision occurred so often over the lifetime of the Solar System, that now almost all asteroids that we see are fragments of the original parent bodies.Asteroid 3552 Don Quixote distinguishes reflectivity and the spectral signature. Its physical characteristics don’t fit well into our understanding of cometary nuclei. Physically, this is asteroid, but dynamically it is a comet. Due to theoretical models, the researchers found that a certain percentage of clones asteroid will eventually find its way to the sun.This asteroid is the prime example of chaotic behavior, which could lead to his escape from the Solar System.