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Where to Look For Asteroids

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Common Asteroid Orbits

Ecliptic is the projection of the Earth's orbit around the sun Ecliptic is higher in the sky at higher latitudes making observations easier Asteroids are commonly found near the ecliptic Most objects are at their brightest when at their opposition point (exactly opposite the Sun) Search Unusual Objects You can also search adjacent fields while waiting for your next image Searching fields that contain these objects may contain unknown asteroids The Minor Planet Center maintains a list of unusual and "critical" objects

Unusual Orbits

Asteroids with highly inclined orbits relative to the ecliptic are not as common but they are out there They can be the result of two asteroids colliding into each other with enough force to alter their orbits.

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