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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Locations of asteroids in the inner solar system

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Locations of asteroids in the inner solar system This diagram shows the locations of known asteroids in the inner solar system. Main belt asteroids are shown in white. Other groups of asteroids are designated the Hildas (the orange "triangle" just inside the orbit of Jupiter), the Jupiter trojans (green), and the near-Earth asteroids. The group that leads Jupiter are called the "Greeks" and the trailing group are called the "Trojans". This image is based on data found in the JPL DE-405 ephemeris, and the Minor Planet Center database of asteroids (published on July 6, 2006). The view looks down on the ecliptic plane as would have been seen on August 14, 2006. It was rendered by custom software written for Wikipedia by user Mdf, who has released the diagram into the public domain.

Wikipedia user Mdf

Original image data dated on or about August 14, 2006.

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