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    Default Massive, kilometer-sized asteroid was just found orbiting the Sun



    A newly found asteroid has been spotted orbiting the Sun, whizzing past the star every 151 days, the shortest orbit of any space rock on record. Known as 2019 LF6, this asteroid is quite large, at 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) across and is part of the "Atira" asteroid group, 20 space rocks whose orbits fall entirely within Earth's. "LF6 is very unusual both in orbit and in size—its unique orbit explains why such a large asteroid eluded several decades of careful searches," He added; "We only have about 20 to 30 minutes before sunrise or after sunset to find these asteroids." One other Atira asteroid has been discovered by the ZTF team, 2019 AQ3, which orbits the Sun approximately once every 165 days. You can read more about this and see an interesting orbital map from Cal Tech here, at:
    https://www.foxnews.com/science/asteroid-orbiting-sun
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