Observations at many sites in South America have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the fifth body in the Solar System — after the much larger planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — to have this feature. The new results are published online in the journal Nature on 26 March 2014.
The UNC Physics and Astronomy Department is doing its part to transform large lecture halls into smaller, more personal learning environments. Along with many other departments in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, P&A is providing students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience.
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