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Friday, October 15, 2010

Just for fun: Asteroid discovery

Scott Manley (youtuber szyzyg) has created a video depicting the positions of all the asteroids found between 1980 and 2010. Even though it looks pretty crowded toward the end, remember, space is big! There's still plenty of room out there.


Video description: As asteroids are discovered they are added to the map and highlighted white so you can pick out the new ones. The final colour of an asteroids indicates how closely it comes to the inner solar system.
Earth Crossers are Red
Earth Approachers (Perihelion less than 1.3AU) are Yellow
All Others are Green

In case the asteroid counter doesn't show in the bottom left corner, you can see the original clip here.

Hat Tip: Bad Astronomy.