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Asteroid: Minor planet that is not a comet
Asteroids are minor planets, especially of the inner Solar System. Larger asteroids have also been called planetoids. These terms have historically been applied to any astronomical object orbiting the Sun that did not resolve into a disc in a telescope and was not observed to have characteristics of an active comet such as a tail. As minor planets in the outer Solar System were discovered that were found to have volatile-rich surfaces similar to comets, these came to be distinguished from the objects found in the main asteroid belt. In this article, the term "asteroid" refers to the minor planets of the inner Solar System, including those co-orbital with Jupiter.


Asteroid as large as the Golden Gate Bridge approaching Earth on May 21 [Video]

Asteroid as large as the Golden Gate Bridge approaching Earth on May 21

This year's second-largest "potentially hazardous" near-Earth object is approaching Earth at speeds of over 11,000 kilometers per second and will zoom past our planet on May 21, according to NASA's..

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:08Published

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