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In pictures: Fascinating asteroids

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 13: Nasa undated handout artist's impression of the asteroid belt surrounding the star Vega, the second brightest star in the northern night sky, which may have a family of planets similar to the Sun's, say scientists.

Asteroids, also referred to as minor planets, are small, rocky bodies floating between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They are mainly made of materials (metal or rock) left over from the formation of the inner solar system.

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