Infographic showing the unusually short orbit of 2021 PH27

The fastest orbital period asteroid in the Solar System has been discovered at NOIRLab’s CTIO using the powerful 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera (DECam) in Chile — the Sun’s new nearest neighbor. The illustration shows the locations of the planets and asteroid on the discovery night of 13 August 2021, as they would be seen from a vantage point above the Solar System (north).

Credit:

CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. da Silva (Spaceengine)

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Id:noirlab2123c
Type:Artwork
Release date:Aug. 23, 2021, 8 a.m.
Related releases:noirlab2123
Size:5090 x 2850 px

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