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Sep 3, 2013 9:37 AM by Stephen Bowers

Space rocks "tag along" with some planets

Space rocks share orbits about the sun with several planets in our solar system. Among those planets are Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune. 

The Associated Press says that scientists have discovered a 38-mile-wide rock that shares an orbit with Uranus. A small asteroid is already known to share Earth's orbit around the sun. Sharing Jupiter's orbit is at least 6,000 chunks of rock. 

Scientists tell the Associated Press that the new rock tagging along with Uranus appears to be an asteroid, though it does share some characteristics in its makeup with comets. It will escape to the outer reaches of our solar system, breaking away from its shared orbit with Uranus, in about a million years.


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