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What are asteroids like?

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Asteroids have several general features of interest.

Firstly, their formation - they all represent material that was not used in the initial formation of the solar system.

For whatever reason - chance and position - they did not form planets, and therefore were left scattered.

They do not represent much material - it is thought that if they were all joined together the mass would only be that of half of our Moon!

Most asteroids are in a 'belt' between Mars and Jupiter.

Some asteroids even have their own mini moons - for instance Ida and Dactyl.

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