The mystery of the source of heat on the asteroid Ryugu: scientists are looking for an answer

(ORDO NEWS) — Experts have found traces of the impact of an incredibly high temperature not only on the surface of the asteroid itself, but also under it.

Japanese scientists from JAXA conducted another study of several grams of soil, which were delivered by the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. It is located 300 million kilometers from our planet.

As a result of the study, it was found that the surface of Ryugu was exposed to incredibly high temperatures. Experts suggested that this heat source could be located inside the asteroid, or similar happened as a result of a collision with another object. But this is definitely not due to the impact on the asteroid of the Sun.

Kohei Kitazato added that the temperature that affected Ryuga exceeded 300 degrees Celsius. He noted that the surface cannot warm up on its own to such a temperature under the influence of only solar heat. Ryugu could have been affected by a collision of planets or internal radiation of heat, which is generated directly by the asteroid itself.

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