Astronomers found a weird asteroid closer to the sun than any other

Scientists have found three strange asteroids that orbit relatively close to the sun – one is the closest to the sun we have ever found, and another may someday hit Earth

Space 5 October 2022

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Artist’s impression of an asteroid near the sun

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Astronomers have found the closest asteroid to the sun ever seen, a relatively large space rock that gets within 20 million kilometres of our star – about 13 per cent of the distance between the sun and Earth. They have also spotted two other strange asteroids as part of a hunt for the rare space rocks that orbit closer to the sun than Earth does.

These asteroids are hard to find because, in order to look for them, astronomers must point their telescopes towards …

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