Researchers using an
astrodynamics algorithm have uncovered over 100 asteroids that had gone undetected in archived images of the sky.
Asteroids are rocky
objects left over from the formation of the solar system more than 4 billion years ago.
Ranging in size from
several feet to hundreds of miles across, these rocky bodies are too small to be considered planets.
The 104 previously
undiscovered asteroids were detected using a new algorithm called Tracklet-less Heliocentric Orbit Recovery (THOR)
Discovering & tracking asteroids
is crucial to understanding our solar system, enabling development of space and protecting earth from impacts
With THOR running on
ADAM, any telescope with an archive can now become an asteroid search telescope," said Lu, former NASA astronaut.