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Synonyms for asteroid

planetoid

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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The researchers designed their model asteroids based on data from a meteorite that survived the Chelyabinsk explosion in February 2013 and landed inside the nearby Lake Chebarkul.
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) was part of an international team that recently discovered a relatively unpopulated region of the main asteroid belt, where the few asteroids present are likely pristine relics from early in solar system history.
Last year, the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) revealed the existence of an asteroid with the potential to destroy Earth.
Rumpf and his colleagues used computer simulations to pepper the globe with 50,000 asteroids ranging from 15 to 400 meters (49 to 1,31ft) acrossthe diameter range of asteroids that most frequently strike the Earth.
If their paths come together, asteroids can collide and break apart - sometimes being set on a path toward the Earth.
The first seven chapters provide an outline of the composition and (orbital) locations of asteroids.
com)-- The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected "Pixie" landers for possible inclusion in the ESA Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM).
And, because asteroids are made of remnants from the formation of the solar system, the returned samples could provide valuable data for scientific research or commercial entities interested in asteroid mining as a future resources.
NASA challenged the public and amateur scientists delivered, coming up with a software application that can help identify more asteroids, some of which endanger our planet.
C-type asteroids are the most common type of asteroid, dark gray, and often seen in the main asteroid belt's outer regions.
30 ( ANI ): A new map developed by researchers from MIT and the Paris Observatory charts the size, composition, and location of more than 100,000 asteroids throughout the solar system, and has shown that rogue asteroids are actually more common than previously thought.
The asteroid-moon duo is in rare company -- NASA says about 16 percent of asteroids that are 655 feet (200 meters) or larger are binary or triple systems.
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.
Asteroids and dwarf planets and how to observe them
Asteroids the size of 2008 TC3 are not uncommon, and fragments from one usually strike Earth every year.