A new asteroid has been discovered by scientists. This asteroid is reportedly circling the sun inside Venus’ orbit and is reportedly breaking all kinds of records that have been created by other celestial objects. Apart from being the first known asteroid with this orbit, the space rock has been identified as 2020 AV2.
This asteroid has the smallest known aphelion that is, this space rock is closer to the Sun than any other known natural object in our solar system, excluding mercury.
It has even been informed that this asteroid will reportedly travel around the sun in a mere 151 days and the newly discovered space rock, 2020 AV2, has the most concise orbital period of any known space rock. This information has been provided by an online observatory situated in Italy, known as The Virtual Telescope Project.
This asteroid’s unusual orbit gives it a unique title, It is “intervenusian,” which means that this space rock does not stray outside Venus’ orbit, as informed by the founder and director of the Virtual Telescope Project, Gianluca Masi.
As per the reports, there are currently 792,000 known space rocks that orbit the sun, but out of only 21 (including 2020 AV2) is considered to orbit more nearby to the sun than Earth does. These asteroids are classified as Atira asteroids.
The planetary experts have even observed that the 3.9-foot (1.2 meters) Samuel Oschin Schmidt telescope at the Zwicky Transient Facility in California located the space rock in the night sky on January 4. It is said to be one-of-a-kind orbit that encouraged experts to call it a Vatira, a mixture of Venus and Atira.
The identification of this intervenusian Vatira may be the origin of many more such findings. For instance, there is ongoing work to find vulcanoids, or space rocks that are considered to be closer to the sun than Mercury.