You Can Find Centaurs In Space

Chariklo orbits between Saturn and Uranus, and is about 250 km (150 mi) wide. Its rings likely formed from debris that resulted from a collision. They have no official names, but researchers refer to the rings as Oiapoque and Chuí, which are two Brazilian rivers. Astronomers speculate that Chariklo might also have at least one small moon that helps to keep the rings in place.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Chariklo is a small, rocky body that orbits the sun beyond Saturn, and has two narrow rings. 00:15

  2. As the largest Centaur (a type of minor planet), Chariklo measures 250 km (150 mi) across. 01:44

  3. Astronomers speculate that Chariklo's rings formed from debris left over after a collision. 03:54

Written by Curiosity Staff October 7, 2015

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