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A rocky object smaller than a planet revolving around the Sun [1]. They are minor planets, smaller than any minor planets in our Solar System; not a satellite of a major planet such as Jupiter [2]. Most are located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, in an area called the Asteroid Belt [1].

References

  1. ^ a b Baumann, Mary K.; Will Hopkins, Loralee Nolletti, Michael Soluri, Steven Hawking (foreword) and Ray Villard (astronomy consultant) (2007). Cosmos: Images From Here to the Edge of the Universe. London: Duncan Baird Publishers. ISBN 1844834761 Check |isbn= value: checksum (help).  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help); Check date values in: |access-date= (help);
  2. ^ Pasachoff, Jay M.; Wil Tirion (2006). Stars and Planets. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 0395934311.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help); Check date values in: |access-date= (help);
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