The Jupiter trojans, commonly called Trojan asteroids or simply Trojans, are a large group of asteroids that share the planet Jupiter's orbit around the Sun. Relative to Jupiter, each Trojan librates around one of Jupiter's stable Lagrange points: either L 4, existing 60° ahead of the planet in its orbit, or L 5, 60° behind.
Jupiter trojan. The Jupiter trojans, commonly known as trojan asteroids or simply trojans, are a large group of asteroids that share the planet Jupiter 's orbit around the Sun. The first Jupiter trojan discovered, 588 Achilles, was spotted in 1906 by German astronomer Max Wolf. More than 9,800 Jupiter trojans have been found.
This is a list of Jupiter trojans that lie in the Trojan camp, an elongated curved region around the trailing L 5 Lagrangian point, 60° behind Jupiter.All the asteroids at the trailing L 5 point have names corresponding to participants on the Trojan side of the Trojan War, except for 617 Patroclus, which was named before this naming convention was instituted.
In the Solar System, most known trojans share the orbit of Jupiter. They are divided into the Greek camp at L 4 (ahead of Jupiter) and the Trojan camp at L 5 (trailing Jupiter). More than a million Jupiter trojans larger than one kilometer are thought to exist, of which more than 7,000 are currently catalogued.
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