After traveling several billion miles toward the Sun, a wayward young comet-like object orbiting among the giant planets has found a temporary parking place along the way.
The object has settled near a family of captured ancient asteroids, called Trojans, that are orbiting the Sun alongside Jupiter. This is the first time a comet-like object has been spotted near the Trojan population.
Additional Visualizations: Jupiter orbit with Trojan Asteroids: Kel Elkins Jupiter orbit with Trojan Asteroids: Ernie Wright Kupier Belt Visualization: Scott Wiessinger Jupiter’s Wake Visualization: Dan Gallagher
Music Credits: "Infinity" by Axel Tenner [GEMA], Michael Schluecker [GEMA], and Raphael Schalz [GEMA] via Ed.Berlin Production Music / Universal Production Music GmbH [GEMA] and Universal Production Music.