What are the Trojan Asteroids? Here Is What NASA Scientist Says (NASA)

Asteroids are the mysterious space rocks shooting around in their orbits around the sun at tremendous speeds. They are remnants from billions of years ago when the Universe was formed. Most are found in the asteroid belt. Now, know about the Trojan Asteroids as explained by NASA's Trojan Asteroid Expert, Audrey Martin. (NASA)

Audrey says, "We have studied a lot about the Asteroids and their possible impact on our planet and its surroundings. Here we will know more about the Trojan Asteroids." (Pixabay)

What are Trojan Asteroids? They are basically those Asteroids belonging to one or two group that orbit the Sun at the same distance as Jupiter. (Pixabay)

Audrey Martin says that to understand it we have to go back to over 4 billion years ago. (Pixabay)

Audrey says that long ago the solar system consisted of trillions of tiny little rocky and icy objects. The majority of these objects came together to form the planets that we see today in our solar system. (NASA)

But even after that there were some that were left over. The majority of these leftovers were scattered into the distant reaches of our solar system and beyond, but not all of them. (Pixabay)

Some of them are pristine asteroids that now orbit with Jupiter in 2 huge swarms leading and trailing the planet. These are the Trojan asteroids.  (NASA)

Regarding the origin of Trojan asteroids, Audrey said that these rocks are mysterious and that they may even have come from the outer solar system. (NASA)

Trojan asteroids are of great interest for the researchers as they help them understand the evolution of the solar system and the planets because they have remained gravitationally stable for over billions of years. (Pixabay)

However, astronomers have only been able to study these distant and enigmatic small bodies from Earth. (NASA)

But now this is going to change as  NASA's  Lucy mission has embarked on a 12-year journey to visit these primitive asteroids. This will be the first time that we are able to see these objects up close. (NASA)

Click here