This picture shows what an artist thinks Toutatis might look like.
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Image courtesy Steve Ostro, NASA/JPL.
Toutatis is the name of a strange asteroid. This asteroid has a strange shape.
It also spins in a funny way.
Toutatis is shaped like a potato. It is about 5 km (3 miles) long. It is about
half as wide as it is long. Toutatis might be two asteroids that are stuck
Toutatis spins around in an odd way. It wobbles like a football pass that
wasn't thrown very well. If you were on Toutatis, every day would be different.
The Sun would rise in a different place each day!
Toutatis orbits around
the Sun. Sometimes it comes close to Earth. It passed
near Earth in September 2004. It was about four times as far away as the
Some astronomers from France discovered Toutatis in 1989. Toutatis
is named after a Celtic god
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