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When do most asteroids orbit the sun?


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2012-05-17 00:47:21
2012-05-17 00:47:21

All the time. The most common area for asteroids (as far as we know right now, anyway!) is in the "asteroid belt", an indistinct area between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

But we really don't have a good inventory of asteroids. New ones keep being discovered, often just as they are passing the Earth or just after having passed by the Earth. The smaller and more distant ones are probably a complete mystery to us, and will be until we GO there and explore for ourselves.


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