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The Gaspra AsteroidThere are numerous asteroids found in the asteroid belt, which lies in the area between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. According to scientists, there are over 700,000 asteroids having a diameter larger than 1 kilometer. However, the origin of asteroids is still unknown. Most scientists are of the opinion that these “minor planets” are remnants of larger objects. Besides questions about their origins, there are many unanswered questions that need research, including the possibility of asteroid mining.

Whether you're an amateur astronomer or just curious about objects in the universe, find fun and unusual facts about asteroids in our guide. You'll also learn how to discover and find asteroids in the night sky using amateur astronomical binoculars and telescopes.

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