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MARS TROJANS! Since 1990, 7 trojan moons have been detected along Mars' orbit (outer ring in map is Jupiter, Asteroids are the fuzzy ring, Mars and its trojans next). Small, rocky Mars was presumed to be too small to sweep up trojans, but the objects are in stable orbits. The trojans seem to be captured asteroids, because of their composition. 6 of the objects are in the trailing L5 position, 1 in the leading L4. The 1st Mars trojan discovered, Eureka, has its own tiny moon. (Readers who are…

MARS TROJANS! Since 1990, 7 trojan moons have been detected along Mars' orbit (outer ring in map is Jupiter, Asteroids are the fuzzy ring, Mars and its trojans next). Small, rocky Mars was presumed to be too small to sweep up trojans, but the objects are in stable orbits. The trojans seem to be captured asteroids, because of their composition. 6 of the objects are in the trailing L5 position, 1 in the leading L4. The 1st Mars trojan discovered, Eureka, has its own tiny moon. (Readers who are…

All of Neptune's known moons and trojans to scale by mean volumetric diameter, along with select plutoids and their moons (some objects too small to be visible at this scale; same scale as the other white-background comparisons)

All of Neptune's known moons and trojans to scale by mean volumetric diameter, along with select plutoids and their moons (some objects too small to be visible at this scale; same scale as the other white-background comparisons)

Phobos orbits just 3 miles above Mars. It should crash in approx 1 million years. ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft captured this photo of Phobos – the larger of Mars two moons – orbiting in front of its planet.

Phobos orbits just 3 miles above Mars. It should crash in approx 1 million years. ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft captured this photo of Phobos – the larger of Mars two moons – orbiting in front of its planet.

MORE ABOUT IO!! Io orbits Jupiter slightly farther than Earth-Moon. Jupiter rips Io with tidal force so strong that Io leaves a smoky trail along its entire orbit. The smoke forms a "torus," a donut shaped ring of vocanic gas. The picture shows a volcanic eruption on Io.

Space Photo of the Day 2013

MORE ABOUT IO!! Io orbits Jupiter slightly farther than Earth-Moon. Jupiter rips Io with tidal force so strong that Io leaves a smoky trail along its entire orbit. The smoke forms a "torus," a donut shaped ring of vocanic gas. The picture shows a volcanic eruption on Io.

Incredible Orbit of Minor Planet Sedna! Ask yourself, what keeps Sedna's orbit stable? It easily could be the COLD GIANT, a 10x earth hidden in the Oort Cloud. Recent calculations show a uranus class planet was slung out of an orbit between Jupiter and Saturn by mighty Jupiter. Sedna is twice as far as Pluto, for now. Each orbit takes over 1,300 years.

Incredible Orbit of Minor Planet Sedna! Ask yourself, what keeps Sedna's orbit stable? It easily could be the COLD GIANT, a 10x earth hidden in the Oort Cloud. Recent calculations show a uranus class planet was slung out of an orbit between Jupiter and Saturn by mighty Jupiter. Sedna is twice as far as Pluto, for now. Each orbit takes over 1,300 years.

Pluto, only twice as large as Charon, is locked in a "push-pull" dance with its co-planet. The tiny Nix, orbiting both, can't settle into a stable orbit, and violently tumbles along.

Pluto's Moons Are Even Weirder Than Thought

Pluto, only twice as large as Charon, is locked in a "push-pull" dance with its co-planet. The tiny Nix, orbiting both, can't settle into a stable orbit, and violently tumbles along.

A First: Trojan Asteroid Found Sharing Earth's Orbit

A First: Trojan Asteroid Found Sharing Earth's Orbit

4 Facts You Didn't Know About Space - Vision Times

You can really see Jupiter from Mars! This photo is a close flyby of Phobos, which is just 3 MILES from Mars' surface. Phobos is in foreground with gigantic (but very distant) Jupiter in background, an alignment that the Mars Express High-Resolution Stereo Camera team shows here. On June 1, 2001, Mars Express watched as Phobos (the inner and larger of Mars' two moons) slipped past distant Jupiter. Phobos is only 23 kilometers in diameter, while Jupiter is 142,000 kilometers across!

You can really see Jupiter from Mars! This photo is a close flyby of Phobos, which is just 3 MILES from Mars' surface. Phobos is in foreground with gigantic (but very distant) Jupiter in background, an alignment that the Mars Express High-Resolution Stereo Camera team shows here. On June 1, 2001, Mars Express watched as Phobos (the inner and larger of Mars' two moons) slipped past distant Jupiter. Phobos is only 23 kilometers in diameter, while Jupiter is 142,000 kilometers across!

The orbit of the planet Mars is host to the remains of an ancient collision that created many of its Trojan asteroids, a new study has concluded. It paints a new picture of how these objects came to be and may even hold important lessons for deflecting asteroids on a collision course with our own planet. The findings were presented at the annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Denver last week, by Dr. Apostolos Christou, a Research…

The orbit of the planet Mars is host to the remains of an ancient collision that created many of its Trojan asteroids, a new study has concluded. It paints a new picture of how these objects came to be and may even hold important lessons for deflecting asteroids on a collision course with our own planet. The findings were presented at the annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Denver last week, by Dr. Apostolos Christou, a Research…

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