Fastest-orbiting asteroid that we know of has just been found

Astronomers have located what is now believed to be the fastest-orbiting asteroid in our solar system, it's called 2021 PH27.

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Astronomers are constantly looking out into the void of space, attempting to discover something that they haven't before.

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Now, a team of astronomers believe they have located what should be considered as the fastest-orbiting asteroid in our solar system, asteroid 2021 PH27's. Astronomers discovered that this asteroid had the shortest orbital lap of the sun of just 113 days, the shortest known orbital lap of any object in our solar besides Mercury, which takes just 88 days.

The asteroid was first discovered on August 13 by astronomers that were using the Dark Energy Camera (DEC). Astronomers estimate that the asteroid is around 0.6 miles in diameter and that the asteroid originally came from the asteroid belt that is located between Mars and Jupiter. Additionally, researchers believe that it's likely the asteroid will collide with either Mars or Venus in the next few million years.

Scott S. Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution of Science, and the astronomer who discovered the asteroid said, "Understanding the population of asteroids interior to Earth's orbit is important to complete the census of asteroids near Earth, including some of the most likely Earth impactors that may approach Earth during daylight and that cannot easily be discovered in most surveys that are observing at night, away from the Sun."

Adding that when the asteroid approaches the sun, "its surface temperature gets to almost 500 degrees C (around 900 degrees F) at closest approach, hot enough to melt lead".

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