March 9, 2021

How Were the Trojan Asteroids Discovered and Named?

On Feb. 22, 1906, German astrophotographer Max Wolf helped reshape our understanding of the solar system. He discovered the first of a small body of asteroids trapped in Jupiter’s orbit. No spacecraft has ever been to this population of small bodies, called the Trojan asteroids. The Lucy mission, launching this year, will be the first.

Source:: Goddard