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(NATURE/CNN) – A new, cool discovery has been made in space – an asteroid with rings.

Astronomers found rings around an object named Chariklo, which orbits the sun between Saturn and Uranus.

The noticed the rings as the space rock passed in front of a star in June 2013.

This is the first time rings have been found around an object in the solar system that is not a planet. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune also have rings.

The new findings are published in the journal Nature.

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