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asteroid family

(set of asteroids based on similar orbits)

An asteroid family is a set of asteroids selected on the basis of their similar orbits. They are thought to form by interactions between asteroids such as collisions. They are generally named for a prominent member, e.g., the Vesta family is named after the asteroid, Vesta. Other asteroids with such associated families include Alinda, Cybele, Eos, Flora, Hilda, Hungaria, Hygiea, Koronis, Maria, Nysa, Pallas, Phocaea, and Themis.


(minor planets,solar system,asteroids)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_family

Referenced by pages:
asteroid belt
cosmic dust

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