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Did you know that asteroids can shine! They can bounce light back in the same way as the moon. Did you know that most asteroids are shaped like bumpy irregular potatoes! Did you know that Asteroids can generally be categorized in one of three main groups? Read the fact file to discover more about asteroids including the different types, sizes and about their discovery.

Fun Fact 1: What is an Asteroid? Asteroids are large pieces of rock that are smaller than planets

Fun Fact 2: The name Asteroid means 'like stars'; at night asteroids sometimes shine

Fun Fact 3: Asteroids were discovered in 1801 by an Italian astronomer named Piazzi

Fun Fact 4: 90% of asteroids in the solar system orbit in the area between Mars and Jupiter; the region is called the asteroid belt

Fun Fact 5: Asteroids can generally be categorized in one of three main groups; carbonaceous, silicaceous or metallic

Fun Fact 6: The most common type of Asteroids is Carbonaceous. Carbonaceous asteroids are carbon based; they are stony and dark in colour

Fun Fact 7: Silicaceous asteroids are less stony, pale in color and contain metal

Fun Fact 8: Metallic asteroids contain metals, especially iron or iron nickel

Fun Fact 9: Scientists believe that Asteroids are around 5,000 million years old

Fun Fact 10: Asteroids are sometimes referred to as minor planets. Over 30,000 minor planets have been discovered in the solar system

Fun Fact 11: The biggest asteroid is 540 kilometers in diameter! Its name is Pallas. The asteroid Vesta is nearly as large; it measures 530 kilometers in diameter

Fun Fact 12: The surface of an asteroid is uneven marked with craters, scars and dimples. These were caused by collisions with other objects in space

Fun Fact 13: Pieces of rock and debris that fall from Asteroids are called Meteoroids. When Meteoroids hit earth's atmosphere they burn and produce meteors or shooting stars

Fun Fact 14: The first close up photos of an asteroid were taken from space probe Galileo in 1991. The Asteroid was called Gaspa; it measures 20 kilometers long

Fun Fact 15: On February 12 2001, after orbiting for twelve month, space probe NEAR-Shoemaker landed on asteroid Eros. NEAR-Shoemaker was the first spacecraft dedicated to researching asteroids

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