Learn about Asteroids
I know why you guys are here, you guys heard the news of some asteroid which was about to collide to earth but, it didn’t collide.
We are all so lucky!
So, you curious minds, I am going to tell you all about it!
Let’s begin our journey to space
Asteroids are small rocky objects that revolve around the sun, same as the other planets do but, it is smaller in size.
Most of the asteroids live in the main asteroid belt, a region situated in between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Meanwhile, some of them are also found in the orbital path of the planets. For example – Earth has such asteroids.
So, this was a basic idea about what these rocky objects are!
I know this is not enough for you nerds so, let’s move to their origin.
2. Origin of Asteroids
So, this is some interesting thing which I am going to tell you guys.
Asteroids are the leftovers or remaining parts from the formation of the Solar System.
I know now you want to know about the Big Bang Theory (formation of the solar system)
Okay, no worries pals I’ll tell you about this.
3. The Big Bang Theory
So, our solar system was formed around 4.6 billion years ago, when a big cloud of dust and gas collapsed.
As a result of this collision, most of the material fell to the center of the cloud and formed The Sun.
Some of the condensing dust in the clouds became planets.
Now, you must be thinking about the nature of asteroids and whether all of them are identical or not?
Let’s discuss it too!
4. Nature of Asteroids
Asteroids vary in terms of size, diameter, length.
The mass of all the objects present in the asteroid belt is about 4% of the mass of the moon. Most of the small asteroids are round.
All of them are formed in different locations and at different distances from the Sun as a result they are not the same.
So, this was all about it.
List of some exceptional asteroids :
1. Largest by diameter – 1 Ceres (diameter – 939.4±0.2)
2. Most massive – 1 Ceres ( mass – 938.35 * 10^18 )
3. Brightest from Earth – 99942 Apophis
4. Slowest rotators – 846 Lipperta (1880 hours rotation time)