Category Archives: Asteroid belt

Giant space rock in the asteroid belt presents an unsolvable puzzle: Vesta craters could shed light on the origin of Earth

Asteroid Vesta has been identified as one of the largest asteroids in the cosmic wall floating between Jupiter and Mars, known as the asteroid belt. The discovery of the massive asteroid poses puzzling new questions for experts in astronomy, and these questions may not be answered sooner than expected. Characteristics of the disconcerting surface of […]

Meet the 2 reddest asteroids in the asteroid belt

Artist’s concept of transneptunian objects in the outer solar system. They are generally much redder than the asteroids in the main asteroid belt because they have more complex organic materials covering their surface. Could the 2 reddest asteroids in the main asteroid belt – named 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia – come from beyond Neptune’s […]

The dinosaur-killer asteroid likely came from the outer asteroid belt

Where did the dinosaur killer asteroid come from? It is a question of great scientific interest and fascinating to the public. We know that 66 million years ago, a 10-kilometer-sized asteroid crashed into Earth just off what is now the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico, carving out the Chicxulub crater. 180 kilometers wide […]

Two strange red rocks live in the asteroid belt, and they don’t belong to it

In the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, it appears that two interplanetary visitors have made their home there. 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia are much redder than any other object we’ve seen lying around in the densely populated area. In fact, according to new research, their profiles are much closer to those of objects […]

Scientists find out how the asteroid belt attacked dinosaurs

How do you track an asteroid that hit Earth over 60 million years ago? Using a combination of geology and computer simulations, at least according to a team of scientists from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). These methods may have enabled them to solve a long-standing mystery in archeology and astronomy: Where did the asteroid […]

Mystery surrounds two red objects found in the asteroid belt

Chennai: Scientists led by Sunao Hasegawa of JAXA, the Japanese space agency, reported Monday in The Astrophysical Journal Letters that two objects spotted in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter appear to have come from beyond Neptune. The discoveries may one day provide direct evidence of the chaos that existed at the start of […]

Scientists find two red objects in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter that shouldn’t be there

When you hear that there is an object in space that shouldn’t be there, the immediate reaction can be panic. But objects found in our solar system’s asteroid belt by a team of scientists are not of concern. On the contrary, they could give us very important clues about the formation of our solar system. […]

Astronomers spot two unusually red objects in the asteroid belt

Artistic interpretation of an asteroid belt. Picture: Nasa They are red, they are big enough, and they have nothing to do in the main asteroid belt, but their discovery confirms the complex conditions in place when the solar system was still forming. New research published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters details the discovery of two […]

Two huge red objects discovered in the asteroid belt

Scientists led by Sunao Hasegawa of JAXA, the Japanese space agency, have reported the discovery of two red objects in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. These intruding objects are believed to be formed beyond Neptune and sort of crept into their current sockets. The objects are asteroids, nicknamed 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia. […]

Scientists surprised by “complex organic matter” objects in the asteroid belt

An unexpected discovery could help us understand where life on Earth comes from. Red rocks A team of astronomers have spotted two mysterious objects in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter that appear to be loaded with organic matter, possibly including the building blocks of life on Earth, The New York Times reports. The […]