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Asteroids’ colors, shapes and brightness levels revealed in new Gaia satellite data

The Milky Way-mapping satellite Gaia has released its third catalog of data, which includes 10 times more information regarding asteroids compared with its second data catalog, indicating a rise in the number of “close encounters” between Gaia-tracked space rocks.

These close encounters can be used to assess a number of characteristics of asteroids, particularly their masses. 

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