Asteroid 87 Sylvia and its moons

Asteroid 87 Sylvia and its moons

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Asteroid 87 Sylvia and its moons, artwork. 87 Sylvia is a large asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It is around 260 kilometres long. Its first moon, named Romulus (lower left), was discovered in February 2001. It is 18 kilometres wide and orbits some 1360 kilometres from Sylvia. The second moon, Remus (centre right), was discovered in August 2005. It is only seven kilometres wide and orbits just 710 kilometres from Sylvia.

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Keywords: 87 sylvia, artwork, asteroid, asteroid belt, asteroids, astronomical, astronomy, cybelian, illustration, moon, moons, remus, romulus, solar system, space, sun, sylvia

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