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DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Double-asteroid 4179 Toutatis, computer artwork. This asteroid was first observed in 1934. It is thought that two asteroids collided and formed Toutatis, as it is composed of two 'lobes', giving it a peanut or ginger-like shape. Its width ranges from 2.4 kilometres to 4.6 kilometres. It is listed as a potentially dangerous object, but chances of it colliding with Earth are small. Its next passage past Earth will be in 2016.
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