Astronomers see asteroid orbiting Uranus for the first time

08/30/2013 |

The discovery that Uranus has a "Trojan asteroid," or an object that shares its orbit but doesn't collide with a planet, has surprised astronomers, who did not think Uranus had such an asteroid. "Our search was focused on finding Neptunian Trojans and trans-Neptunian objects," said astronomer Mike Alexandersen of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and lead author of the study. "One is always surprised and excited to find something other than what one was expecting and searching for."

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