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-They are known as planetoids.
-They are chunk of rocks orbiting the sun in the same direction as the planets.
-They are found in asteroid belts, in between Mars and Jupiter, and Jupiter Trojan.
-CERES- largest observed Asteroid.
-Asteroids do not emit their own light. They only reflect sunlight.(The intensity of light depends on their on their shape and texture.)
-Asteroids may have smooth or rough texture.(Which is caused by the force they exert as they bump to one another in the orbit.)
-Asteroids are irregular in shape
(Because of their frequent collision with one another.)
Characteristics of an asteroid
-grayish in color and are the most common, including more than 75 percent of known asteroids. They probably consist of clay and stony silicate rocks, and inhabit the main belt's outer regions.
-Greenish to reddish in color, account for about 17 percent of known asteroids, and dominate the inner asteroid belt. They appear to be made of silicate materials and nickel-iron.
-reddish in color, make up most of the rest of the asteroids, and dwell in the middle region of the main belt. They seem to be made up of nickle-iron.
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