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A couple of years ago, a team of researchers dedicated to finding killer asteroids before they kill us came up with a neat trick.
Instead of scanning the skies with telescopes for asteroids, the scientists wrote an algorithm that sifts through old pictures of the night sky, discovering about 100 asteroids that had been overlooked in those images.
On Tuesday, those scientists, with the Asteroid Institute and the University of Washington, revealed an even bigger bounty: 27,500 newly identified solar system bodies.
That is more than were discovered by all of the world’s telescopes last year.
The finds include about 100 near-Earth asteroids, the space rocks that pass within the orbit of Earth.
Most of the space rocks identified by the institute lie in the main asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
The search also found some small worlds much farther out known as Kuiper belt objects, beyond the orbit of Neptune.
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A few years back, a group of scientists committed to locating deadly asteroids before they destroy humanity devised a clever method.

Approximately 100 asteroids that were missed in previous night sky images were found by the scientists’ algorithm, which they created in place of using telescopes to search the skies for asteroids.

These researchers unveiled an even greater find on Tuesday: 27,500 newly discovered solar system bodies in collaboration with the Asteroid Institute and the University of Washington.

That’s more than were found with all of the telescopes combined last year.

The executive director of the institute, Ed Lu, stated that “this is a sea change” in the way astronomical research will be carried out. The institute is a division of the B612 Foundation, a nonprofit organization that Dr. Lu assisted in founding.

Approximately 100 near-Earth asteroids—space rocks that pass through Earth’s orbit—are among the discoveries. It doesn’t seem like any of the 100 are headed toward Earth anytime soon. However, the research supports NASA’s and other international organizations’ “planetary defense” initiatives, and the algorithm may prove to be a crucial tool in identifying potentially hazardous asteroids.

The majority of space rocks that the institute has identified are located between Mars and Jupiter’s orbits, in the main asteroid belt. Some are imprisoned in Jupiter’s orbit; these are referred to as Trojans. In addition, the search discovered a few dwarf planets outside of Neptune’s orbit that are referred to as Kuiper belt objects.

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