* Contact Binary Asteroids Puzzle Theorists: What's with all the peanut-shaped asteroids? By the standard nebular hypothesis and by the laws of physics (see below), these "contact binary asteroids" with their two connected lobes should hardly even exist. But they do. And they're evidently common no less. Some of the peanutroids, as RSR calls them, are:
- 2015 BN509
- 2006 DP14
- 1999 JD6
- 4179 Toutatis
- 433 Eros and for good measure
- 624 Hektor, elucidated by Hawaii's Keck Telescope, which is a peanut-shaped asteroid with a moon! See also Nat'l Geographic's report. (If you know of another peanutroids, please consider notifying Bob@rsr.org. Thanks!)
- In 2017, 2014 JO25 was discovered to be peanut-shaped!
- And don't forget the peanut-shaped comets that we list on our comets page!
- If you come across another peanutroid, we'll add it to our list. Just notify Bob@rsr.org. Thanks!
* NASA Admits Peanuts Are Mysteries: A NASA mission scientist and member of their Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Donald Yeomans, explained why Itokawa and peanut-shaped asteroids generally contradict the physics-based expectations of old-earth scientists.
It's a major mystery how two objects each the size of skyscrapers could collide without blowing each other to smithereens. This is especially puzzling in a region of the solar system where gravitational forces would normally involve collision speeds of 2 km/sec [4,500 miles per hour].
* Yet 10% of Close-Up Asteroids Are Peanuts: To multiply this peanut evidence against secular expectations, according to old-earth astronomer Dr. Al Grauer with Travelers in the Night, data from the Goldstone Solar System Radar telescope and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico suggests that of near-earth travelers larger than 650 feet in diameter, more than 10% of these asteroids have a peanut shape. And by the way, so was Arthur C. Clarke's fictional asteroid Kali. And so are the very real comet nuclei of 19P/Borrelly, 103P/Hartely, Halley's Comet, and the famed 67P which (undoubtedly like countless others) is known to be made up of millions of rounded boulders. Remember, all scientists work for Walt Brown!
* Binary Comet/Asteroid: Again from our all-scientists-work-for-Walt-Brown file, in September 2017 the journal Nature published the discovery of a binary asteroid/comet hybrid. Wow! "Rapid rotation" is one of the (unworkable) explanations claimed by secular astronomers for binary asteroids. Secular astronomers, though mostly ignorant of the Hydroplate Theory formation of comets and asteroids, nonetheless make frequent discoveries consistent with and in confirmation of HPT creation science predictions!
* Peanut Asteroid Craters? Would peanut-shaped asteroid impacts form circular craters? Or might their craters, depending on their orientation at impact, be somewhat deformed? National Geographic published a list of the ten biggest known impacts on Earth. Do any of them appear to have been caused by a peanutroid? With perhaps just over ten percent of the larger near-earth asteroids being peanut shaped, that alone might suggest why we may never have been hit with a peanut-shaped asteroid. Or, might an understanding of the origin of asteroids (and of comets, meteoroids, and TNOs) help to explain why it would be even less than statistically likely that we would get hit by a dually than by a unary impactor?
* See rsr.org/comets: See much of the above on our related page at rsr.org/comets.
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