Space Islands…

The asteroid belt may not be somewhere you’d expect to find skyscrapers or dim sum, but amusingly you will find a place called Hong Kong there. 3297 Hong Kong, to be precise — a main belt asteroid which orbits the Sun roughly every 5 years. Discovered in 1978 at the Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing, it’s such a minor object that interestingly enough I can’t find anything in any online databases about it’s mass or size. Which leads me to wonder if perhaps it’s actually comparable in size to Hong Kong island…

(Purple Mountain, incidentally, also has it’s own asteroid, 3494 Purple Mountain.)

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Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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