Over 100 Hidden Asteroids   Telescope Data

Detected While Studying Old

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.

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