Scientists have confirmed that the “Trojan Asteroid”, one of the orbiting asteroids of Mars, Jupiter and Neptune, is following Earth.
According to scientists, “Trojan asteroids” share an orbit with another planet and will be in a permanent orbit.
It has been discovered many times in the past, deriving its name from the first finds around Jupiter, where they are named after the characters of the Trojan War.
But none of them were found near Earth.
An asteroid called 2020 XL5 has been confirmed as the second Earth Trojan asteroid. It will be ejected from the main belt by Jupiter and is expected to remain in its orbit for about 4,000 years. Trojan asteroids share an orbit with a planet that stays 60 back and forth. pic.twitter.com/zibQ8asoqa– Peter Bond (etPeterBondSpace) January 27, 2022
On December 12, 2020, scientists discovered an interesting target and described it by combining data from the archive with observations made from Earth, and research confirmed that this object was a “Trojan asteroid”, but it is not yet clear where it came from. From the main asteroid belt outside the Solar System, it dropped when in contact with Jupiter’s gravitational force.
Observations suggest that it will remain in its current orbit for another 4,000 years.
In astronomy, Trojan asteroids or Trojan horses are small asteroids or moons that orbit a large planet or moon as it orbits the Sun, where they are in a fixed position relative to the larger body.
There are six planets in the solar system following the Trojan asteroids: Jupiter, Neptune, Mars, Venus, Uranus and Earth.
Source: “The Independent”
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