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    Most of the Mars Trojans — asteroids co-orbiting the planet — are dynamically related; thus, they have a common origin. Joint information from spectral observations and dynamical modelling suggests that they were ejected from Mars itself after an impact.

    • D. Polishook
    • , S. A. Jacobson
    • , A. Morbidelli
    •  & O. Aharonson
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    The discovery of several Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) with anomalous properties (they are blue-coloured, whereas KBOs of the same type are red, and they are all binaries) gives constraints on formation processes in the outermost region of the Solar System.

    • Wesley C. Fraser
    • , Michele T. Bannister
    • , Rosemary E. Pike
    • , Michael Marsset
    • , Megan E. Schwamb
    • , J. J. Kavelaars
    • , Pedro Lacerda
    • , David Nesvorný
    • , Kathryn Volk
    • , Audrey Delsanti
    • , Susan Benecchi
    • , Matthew J. Lehner
    • , Keith Noll
    • , Brett Gladman
    • , Jean-Marc Petit
    • , Stephen Gwyn
    • , Ying-Tung Chen
    • , Shiang-Yu Wang
    • , Mike Alexandersen
    • , Todd Burdullis
    • , Scott Sheppard
    •  & Chad Trujillo
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    Asteroid 2015 BZ509 is a retrograde co-orbital asteroid of the planet Jupiter, stably orbiting in a sense opposite to that of Jupiter’s orbit around the Sun for around a million years.

    • Paul Wiegert
    • , Martin Connors
    •  & Christian Veillet
    Nature 543, 687–689

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