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A newly discovered asteroid that circles the sun inside Venus' orbit is breaking all kinds of records. In addition to being the first known asteroid with this orbit, the space rock, called 2020 AV2, has the smallest aphelion, or distance from the sun, of any known natural object in the solar system, excluding Mercury.
Moreover, by traveling around the sun in a mere 151 days, 2020 AV2 has the shortest orbital period of any known asteroid, according to The Virtual Telescope Project, an online observatory based in Italy.
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In fact, 2020 AV2's unique orbit gives it a special title: It's "intervenusian," meaning it doesn't stray outside Venus' orbit, said Gianluca Masi, founder and director of The Virtual Telescope Project.
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There are about 792,000 known asteroids that orbit the sun, according to the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center, but only 21 (including 2020 AV2) are thought to orbit closer to the sun than Earth does, Masi wrote in a statement. These space rocks are known as Atira asteroids. Of the Atira asteroids, 2020 AV2 is the only one to be...
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