Scientists imagine 42 of the largest asteroids in our solar system

Enjoy these stunning images of the 42 largest asteroids in our solar system, as seen through the Extremely Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory.

ESO / M. Kornmesser / Vernazza et al./MISTRAL algorithm (ONERA / CNRS)

Daphne looks like tears. Orthonia is similar to crushed jelly beans. Cleopatra is shaped like a dog’s bone. These are just three of the 42 asteroids imaged by the Extremely Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile. Asteroids represent some of the largest in our solar system, and images help astronomers learn about the origins of these fascinating cosmic rocks.

“Detailed images of these 42 objects are a breakthrough in the search for asteroids, made possible thanks to telescopes on the ground, and helped answer the ultimate questions of life, the universe, and all. I am. ” ESO said in a statement on TuesdayMentions Douglas Adams, a writer who celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the publication of the science fiction classic Galactic Hitchhiker’s Guide.

Extremely large telescope asteroid observations, including the 3D shape and density of objects, Papers published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics this week. The reconstruction of asteroids shows that they tend to be spherical or elongated, like Cleopatra, which looks strange.

The data show that asteroids can have radically different densities. “Our observations strongly support the substantial movement of these objects since they were formed. In short, such tremendous diversity of their composition is that the objects are in different regions of the solar system. It can only be understood if it occurs across.,“Joseph Hanus, co-author of Charles University in the Czech Republic, said.

The asteroids included in the Extremely Large Telescope image collection are on the “main belt” between Mars and Jupiter. This study suggests that the least dense asteroids may have formed beyond Neptune’s orbit and moved to their current location in the solar system.

Very spherical Dwarf planet Ceres Included in the observation.Visitor NASA A dawn spacecraft, one of the most well-studied objects in the asteroid belt. Another famous asteroid on the list is Psyche. Targets for future NASA missions..

Asteroids are a hot topic in astronomy. NASA plans to launch Lucy mission Visit one mainbelt asteroid and seven others known as Trojan asteroids on Saturday.Space agency is also busy Collect samples from asteroids Bring it back to Earth for research. The ESO Imaging project isn’t as dramatic as landing on the surface of an asteroid, but it fills some important gaps in the study of these interesting objects. Scientists imagine 42 of the largest asteroids in our solar system

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