We found evidence of the migration in the Trojan asteroids
orbiting close to Jupiter," explains Simona Pirani, doctoral student in astronomy at Lund University, and the lead author of the study.
The NASA contract for launching the Lucy mission seeks to study Trojan asteroids
NASA has announced it has selected Colorado-based United Launch Services LLC (ULS) to provide launch services for Lucy Mission, the the agency's first mission to explore Trojan asteroids
, the company said.
The Lucy mission will explore the trojan asteroids
of Jupiter, a group of objects captured from the asteroid belt.
orbit ahead of and behind Mars in the stable regions where the gravitational pull of the Red Planet balances that of the Sun.
The objects of their research include comets, asteroids, planetary rings, and Trojan asteroids
. Among their methods are the nonlinear dynamical method, the mapping method, the symplectic integrator, and spectral analysis.
are those that are temporarily trapped in regions 60 degrees in front of or 60 degrees behind the planet Jupiter in its orbit around the Sun.
Two Delhi school girls of Bal Bharati Public School, Rajinder Nagar sketched their names in the history of this international campaign by mapping a Trojan asteroid
. Trojan asteroids
are located in the Jupiter' orbit.
A spectrum of this object was typical of that of a D type asteroid -70% of Trojan asteroids
have this type of spectrum.
Others, called "Trojan asteroids
," cloud beside Jupiter, held captive by the planet's and the sun's gravity (attracting force).
This is a comparatively stable gravitational position, called a Trojan situation because it is also the position of the Sun, Jupiter, and the Trojan asteroids