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See 42 of the largest asteroids in new images

24 Oct 2021, 11:41 UTC
See 42 of the largest asteroids in new images

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

The main asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter, is composed of millions of rocky bodies, from pebbles to worlds the size of dwarf planets. Most are very difficult to see, even with the best telescopes, since they are so small and far away. This month (October 2021), astronomers with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) said they’ve obtained new images of 42 of the largest asteroids. The images show these asteroids with a level of detail not previously achieved by earthly telescopes.

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