Strange bright rocks reveal glimpse of asteroid Ryugu’s violent past

Shiny boulders on one of the darkest asteroids in the solar system may shed light on the cataclysmic impacts behind that space rock’s origins, a new study finds.

The near-Earth asteroids Itokawa, Bennu and Ryugu are each loose piles of rubble held together by their collective gravity. They likely formed after collisions shattered their parent bodies into many fragments. Much remains unknown about these catastrophic disruptions. 

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