1620 Geographos: A Tidally Distorted Asteroid?

Tidal forces can not only disrupt asteroids but distort them as well. Using our model results (described elsewhere), we suggest that 1620 Geographos is a tidally distorted object. Here is some of our evidence:

Summary image of 1620 Geographos

Tidally distorted rubble-pile asteroid from our model

How do tidal forces make these unusual shapes?

How was this image of 1620 Geographos made?

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For more information, contact Bill Bottke: bottke@kepler.gps.caltech.edu