(ORDO NEWS) — In the asteroid belt, which is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, experts have recorded two huge rocks. They shouldn’t be there, that’s why scientists became interested in them.
The scientists also added that they found strange organic matter on the surface of two asteroids. Research on this topic was published in the scientific journal Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Experts suggest that these rocks may have formed at the very beginning of the development of the solar system near Neptune. At the same time, Pompey, whose diameter reaches 110 km, is considered the “reddest” asteroid and differs markedly from other space objects with the same diameter. The second asteroid is called 269 Justitia and its diameter does not exceed 55 km.
These two unique objects were discovered in the last century, but their color was determined only recently, using modern equipment. Typically, in the inner solar system, objects reflect blue in most cases.
Therefore, experts suggest that the color red indicates that the detected asteroids came from the outer solar system.
To obtain complex organic matter on their surface, a very low air temperature is also required. This suggests that initially the asteroids were covered with a layer of ice and only then the sun’s rays began to affect them. Accordingly, the objects could not be too close to the Sun, because then there would not be enough ice on them to form such a complex and unique organic matter.
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