Astronomers have just found an asteroid that zips around the sun every 165 Earth days.
By Mike Wall | SPACE.com
That’s the shortest year for any asteroid known to humankind, discovery team members said. And the space rock, called 2019 AQ3, could be part of a vast and virtually unknown population zooming through the inner solar system, quite close to the sun.
„We have found an extraordinary object whose orbit barely strays beyond Venus‘ orbit — that’s a big deal,“ Quanzhi Ye, a postdoctoral researcher at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC), an astronomy data and science facility at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, said in a statement. [Watch: Asteroid 2019 AQ3’s Superfast Orbit Around the Sun]