Rogue asteroids are quite plentiful in the solar system, especially in space between Mars and Jupiter. This is a section of the solar system that is overrun with the rogue asteroids, a new study revealed last week, reported by CNN News on Feb. 1.
Lead author on the study and astronomer at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Francesca DeMeo believes that "the asteroid belt is a melting pot of bodies that formed all over the solar system.” This new study revealed the address in the solar system where most of these asteroids actually reside today.
In the 1980s it was believed that the asteroids that formed in a hot environment stayed closer to the sun and the asteroids that formed in a cold environment stayed further away from the sun. This train of thought from over three decades ago no longer holds water.
The new study found asteroids that were formed in a hot environment were found in what scientists used to believe was a place that you would normally find cold environment-formed space rocks. While taking the temperature of an asteroid is not possible, a lot of carbon in an asteroid suggests that it formed in a cold environment.
They infer the asteroids origin using geology, while it sounds like an impossible feat, the scientists have got their study skills much more honed-in-on than they did in the 80s.
It seems as if the theory puts Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system, like a snow globe that scatters asteroids. Over time the planets in the solar system have moved. Jupiter is not only the biggest planet, but the one with the most gravitational pull.
As it “moved toward the sun, it scattered asteroids,” said DeMeo. She also said, “Over time there was "a big mess of asteroids everywhere." This left them with only one place to hang out, the asteroid belt.
The near-earth asteroids have originated in space between Mars and Jupiter, a short of storage locker for these rogue asteroids.