Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Where In The Heliosphere Are The Asteroids Today?
The Asteroid Belt looks incredibly dense. It's interesting to see the Jovian Trojan Asteroids plotted as well.
What's most relevant to us puny Earthlings are all those objects with orbits of 1.3 AU and closer --- all appropriately displayed in red.
Technorati: Space, Astronomy.
So, while it is impressive to see just how many large bodies are out there floating about in the inner solar system, the plot does give a false impression of the actual density of the solar system. A graphic or applet with zoom capability would be useful to illustrate the true scale of the distances between these objects (hmm.. a Google Maps project perhaps?)
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