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First asteroid with rings now discovered

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Scientists have added another celestial body to the short list of objects in our solar system that have rings around them.

The remote asteroid Chariklo orbits between Saturn and Uranus in the outer solar system.

Researchers published a study in the journal Nature showing evidence of rings around it.

Chariklo is fairly small – 150 miles in diameter.

It is classified as a “centaur,” an object that has an unstable orbit and crosses giant planets’ orbits.

Mythological centaurs had both human and horse features, while centaurs in the solar system may have both comet and asteroid characteristics.