About The Author

Michael Shepard currently is Chair of the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences, Bloomsburg University. Michael does research in the Spectrophotometry of Planetary Surfaces, and Radar Studies of Asteroids.

A Better Look At Asteroid 216 Kleopatra

Nearly 4.6 billion years ago, the Solar System began forming from a disk of material that surrounded a new star – our Sun. The transition from debris disk to the planets we see is an active area of investigation, but most planetary scientists agree that there was a series of intermediate stages which included the