How Many Asteroids Are There?


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The Solar system has thousands of asteroids orbiting. The recent estimates are 1.1 to 1.9 million. Almost 5000 asteroids are being discovered every month the largest being the 1 Ceres , with a diameter of 900-1000 km. It can be seen in the inner solar system. Two other asteroid belts can sometimes be visible to the naked eye. They are classified into two groups based on their characteristics and on the detailed reflection of the sunlight.

Asteroids are also known to be minor planets that drift around the orbit of the sun. The name asteroid originated from the greek word ' star like' and was discovered accidently by Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801 who was in charge of the Palermo observatory in Sicily.

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