Astronomers have spotted a never-before-seen phenomenon in our solar system’s asteroid belt: a space rock with six tails, spewing dust from its nucleus.

Scientists using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope at the summit of Maui’s Haleakala volcano in Hawaii first detected the six-tailed asteroid in August. They dubbed it P/2013 P5 and noted that it looked fuzzier than typical asteroids, which usually appear as tiny points of light. More detailed observations with the powerful Hubble Space Telescope in September revealed a clearer picture of asteroid, showing it had six comet-like tails.

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