See hed. Spinoff from a current thread on eccentric orbits.
The thing looks like a deformed seed pod imitating a potato. Planets are spherical, more or less, because of gravitational agglutination, I’ve been told. So is an asteroid, morphologically, just a bunch of stuff that hasn’t been around long enough?
And what is the limit for non-sphericity (there must be a word for that)?
Most asteroids don’t have enough enough gravity to assume a spherical shape. Ceres and a few other asteroids do have enough mass (and hence gravity) to be spherical, and these days they’re considered minor planets, like Pluto. But most asteroids are just irregular lumps of rock.