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Asteroids

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You will discover and learn about the many celestial objects found in our solar system, including planets, moons, meteors, and asteroids.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Describe the physical properties of asteroids.

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Describe the composition of asteroids.

~ Asteroids are carbon-rich, small pieces of rock and metal.

Approximately how many asteroids are in the asteroid belt? Does the asteroid belt orbit the sun?

~ There are approximately 100,000 asteroids in the asteroid belt. The asteroid belt orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter.

What do scientists believe to be true about the asteroids Gaspra and Ida?

~ Scientists believe Gaspra is approximately 200 million years old, and Ida is 1 billion years old.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Should should be able to define the terms asteroid belt, asteroids, and Gaspra.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary asteroid belt, asteroids, Gaspra