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Asteroides are small (or even quite large) bodies of rock orbiting the sun. The main density lies within a zone between Mars and Jupiter, the asteroide belt. At certain time of the year, the largest individual asteroides can be seen with the bare eye, like Vesta.
Many of them are fine binocular or telescope objects, some are just visible on film or CCD. The movement of these objects is sometimes detectable within a short amount of time
The asteroid Metis 9, passing next to Pollux. A cute little fellow, shy though!