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Eros - PIA02923 (color)
433 Eros, an example of an S-type asteroid

An S-type asteroid is an asteroid that is mainly silicaceous, or made of a lot of silicon. This is why it is called an S-type. About 17% of all asteroids are this type of asteroid, meaning that they are the second most common after C-type asteroids.

S-type asteroids are the most common asteroid in the inner main belt, but become very rare farther out in space. The biggest asteroid of this type is 15 Eunomia.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Asteroide de tipo S para niños

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