The Asteroids, edge-on view

 

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This video should be viewed in conjunction with Asteroid Discovery from 1980 to 2010.

The video was created by Scott Manley.

Scott Manley

Scott Manley

View of the inner solar system showing the locations of all the asteroids.

The colour of an asteroid indicates how closely it comes to the inner solar system.

Currently we have observed over half a million minor planets, and the discovery rates show no sign that we're running out of undiscovered objects.

Orbital elements were taken from the 'astorb.dat' data created by Ted Bowell and associates at www.naic.edu.

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Quite a few journalists, bloggers and tweeters are attributing this to NASA or Arecibo Observatory - while they do fine work they had nothing to do with this. If you write a story you can credit it to Scott Manley.

See also;

The discovery of asteroids from 1980 to 2010

The discovery of asteroids from 1800 to 2000

Asteroids in Resonance with Jupiter

Today's map of the inner solar system

Near Earth Object Impact Hazard

Other asteroid and comet animations by Scott Manley

Other videos on this web site

Last Revised: 2010 September 3rd