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What are the different types of asteroids?

Asked by G. dorgon, Last updated: Apr 20, 2020

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A. Samuel

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Answered Apr 15, 2020

Asteroids are known for their stony nature. There are three main composition classes of asteroids. They are C-, S- and M-

The C- type (chondrite) of the asteroid are the most common type of asteroid. Their properties include: they are dark in appearance, they are made of clay and silicate rocks, and are considered the most ancient object in the solar system.

The S- type (stony) are known for their stony nature and are made up of silicate materials nickel-iron.
The M- types (nickel-iron) are the metallic asteroids. This type of asteroids composition depends on how far they are formed from the sun. Some melt due to the high temperature with iron sinking to the center and forcing basaltic (volcanic) lava to the surface.

 

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Answered Mar 22, 2020

With the rate at which asteroids exist, they are classified into three major types. Most of these asteroids are classified based on what they are made of. The three types of asteroids are Type C (chondrite), Type S (stony) and Type M (metallic). Type C asteroids are asteroids that are made up of clay and silicate rocks.

They are the most common set of asteroids, and they look very dark in terms of color. These types of asteroids are also known as Dark C, and they are mostly found very close to the sun. Type S asteroids are asteroids that are made up of metallic substances like nickel and iron, and they have some silicate minerals in their compositions.

Type S asteroids are also known as Bright S asteroids. They are mostly found very close to planet Mars. Type M asteroids are asteroids that are basically made of metallic iron, and they differ from the rest because they are very far away from the sun.

 

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