Asteroid Belt Current Affairs, GK & News

First-Ever Quadruple Asteroid

Astronomers discovered a third moon orbiting the main-belt asteroid (130) Elektra. This is the first quadruple asteroid ever found. Key Facts Elektra is a large main-belt asteroid. It was first discovered by Litchfield Observatory astronomer Christian Peters on February 17, 1873. Elektra has an effective diameter of 199 km and an estimated mass of 7*1018 First ..

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Earth Trojan Asteroid

The Trojan asteroids are those asteroids that share a common orbit with a planet in the solar system. These rocks circle the same star as that of the planet in the same path. So far only one Trojan asteroid was known to revolve in earth’s orbit. It was called 2010 TK7. Recently astronomers have found ..

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UAE announces Probe targeting asteroid between Mars & Jupiter

United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced its plan to send a probe on an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter for collecting data regarding origins of the universe. Key Facts If this mission is successful, UAE will join the elite club of the European Union, Japan and the United States. These countries have already completed its mission ..

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NASA’s Psyche Mission- Key Facts

American Space Agency, NASA, is set to send its “Psyche Mission” to visit a giant asteroid called Psyche, which could be the frozen remains of molten core of a bygone world. Key points Psyche asteroid orbits around the Sun in main asteroid belt, in between Mars and Jupiter. According to data gathered through Earth-based radar and optical telescopes, ..

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NASA’s Lucy Mission- Key Facts

American Space Agency, NASA, is set to send its first spacecraft to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. Key Points Spacecraft will be launched from “Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida” on October 16, 2021. This spacecraft would obtain new insights into the formation of solar system 4.5 billion years ago. The spacecraft has been named as ..

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