Which is more dangerous: an asteroid or a volcano?
LMS was formed by a collision between two asteroids in 2011.
It has been classified as a K2 class object, meaning that it is too far away from the sun to be seen from Earth.
It’s about 4.7 billion kilometres from Earth, and orbits the sun once every 3.5 years.
The K2 asteroid is called LMC, and it’s the largest of the K2s.
It is estimated to have a mass of about 6.7 solar masses.
It formed from two fragments of an older asteroid called O1 and its orbits are very elliptical.
This means that if it collided with an object like a volcano, it would likely break up into smaller pieces and be ejected in a series of smaller asteroids.
If an asteroid hit a planet, it could be an impactor for the planet.
The larger of the two LMSs is much closer to the sun than LMC.
It orbits about 1.8 million kilometres from the Earth, which is about 5 per cent of the distance between the Earth and the sun.
The two LMCs were formed when two asteroids collided.
These are called K2b and K2c, and are considered very close to each other, at about 1,000 kilometres apart.
The orbits of these asteroids have been confirmed using the Herschel space telescope.
LMSb was discovered in 2012, and is the second largest of all the K1 asteroids.
It weighs about 2.5 solar masses and is about 30 per cent bigger than the second K2.
K2a was discovered by the Herscheles in 2007.
It weighed about 1 million solar masses, and was also about 30 percent bigger than K2d.
K1a is the largest K1 asteroid.
The asteroid was first discovered in 1998 and is one of the most well-known asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.