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Synonyms for asteroid


Synonyms for asteroid

any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)

shaped like a star


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This is why we must make it our mission to find asteroids before they find us.
Jupiter's migration may have simultaneously knocked around more close-in asteroids, scattering them outward.
The asteroid - named 2012 DA14 after it was discovered last year - is one of 500,000 known rocks circling us.
One way to distinguish an asteroid from a star is by its motion, typically 30-arcseconds per hour relative to the background stars.
Other asteroids of this size pass by Earth more frequently, though the last such event happened in 1976 and the next will not happen again until 2028 when as asteroid called 2001 WN5 will skim about halfway between the Moon and Earth.
Two chapters are concerned with photometric techniques, including lightcurve reduction and interpretation in terms of asteroid body shape and spinaxis modelling.
On October 7, 2008, an asteroid the size of a car blazed through the atmosphere and crashed into the Nubian Desert in the African nation of Sudan.
This is an amazing result and shows that recent events [in the asteroid belt] can strongly influence our impact history," says planetary scientist Derek Richardson of the University of Maryland at College Park.
How could one asteroid cause such widespread destruction?
Andrea Milani, an asteroid expert at the University of Pisa, in Italy, said: "We want to investigate the internal structure of an asteroid, and at the same time develop and test the technology necessary, in a worst case scenario, to deflect a sizeable asteroid.
They are small rocky objects that move in elliptical orbits in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
This one will be an asteroid "with our name on it," in the words of David Morrison, a scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center and one member of a small community of astronomers, physicists, engineers, and other scientists who think a lot about such an unthinkable event.
WASHINGTON - An asteroid will pass close enough to the Earth to be viewed with binoculars tonight, but astronomers said there is no immediate danger that the half-mile-wide space rock will hit the planet.
Jim Benson plans to declare ownership of an asteroid orbiting between Earth and Mars.
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