Thousands of asteroid orbits • Earth.com

Last update: June 15th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency shows the orbits of more than 14,000 known asteroids with the Sun in the center.

The image is based on data collected by the Gaia satellite, which has a mission of mapping over a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy.

According to the ESA, the Gaia satellite is also sensitive to celestial bodies, and regularly observes asteroids in our Solar System.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

 

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