Trojan asteroids

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Term: Trojan asteroids

A member of the family of asteroids that share Jupiter's orbit and lie in elongated, curved regions around the two Lagrangian points 60° ahead and behind of Jupiter. The Lagrangian points L4 and L5 host several thousands of them. Originally, the term Trojan applied only to asteroids sharing Jupiter's orbit; however, planetoidal bodies have been discovered at the Lagrangian points of Mars and Neptune as well, and are also referred to as Mars Trojans and Neptune Trojans respectively.

Created 2023.04.16
Last Modified 2023.04.16
Contributed by Ryan McGranaghan