USU-built telescope discovers asteroid in Earth's orbit

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  • John Malone Olympia, WA
    July 31, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    Another great WISE discovery was 2010 SO16, which was announced just 3 1/2 months ago. It has a horseshoe-shaped orbit!

    Is SO16 considered locked with Earth's orbit, too? And would TK7 be considered a C-orbit asteroid also? The classifications seem to overlap, so I hope someone can explain the distinction between Trojans and C-orbits.

    And many congratulations to the design-build at Utah State University. WISE is an awesome accomplishment.

  • applemcg CRANFORD, NJ
    July 30, 2011 6:33 a.m.

    Good job JH!

    I'm not surprised to find Hollenhorst reporting at the top of the list of searches for "earth trojan asteroids" I believe this is the first locked with the earth's orbit. interested readers will want to further search "lagrangian libration points". this one appears to be at "L4", we should be looking at L5, the 60 degree trailing point. just to remind us of our place in the solar system, last night, one of the movie channels showed us "deep impact". surely a population survey of the Lx points give clues to the asteroid traffic in our neighborhood.

    keep us looking up!

    Cousin Marty

  • Collin Card Provo, Utah
    July 29, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    It seems THIS one should be called an Aggie asteroid! LOL

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    July 29, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    Great Job Aggies!!!