Artist's impression of Asteroid Icarus and Sun

Artist's impression of Asteroid Icarus and Sun

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Credit: DAVID A. HARDY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artist's impression of the asteroid Icarus during its close approach to the Sun. The asteroids lie in well-defined belts between the orbits of Mars & Jupiter, but some of them have extremely eccentric orbits. Icarus, with a diameter of 1.4 km, approaches closer to the Sun than Mercury, at which time it is believed to glow red-hot.

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Keywords: artwork, asteroid, astronomy, cosmology, icarus, space art, sun

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