Asterank: an Accurate 3D Model of the Asteroids in our Solar System

December 14, 2012

(This article was originally published at information aesthetics, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)

Asterank 3D Asteroid Orbit Space Simulation [], developed by software engineer Ian Webster, is a 3D WebGL-based model of the first 5 planets and the 30 most valuable asteroids, together with their respective orbits in our inner solar system.

Asterank's database contains the astronomically accurate locations, as well as some economic and scientific information, of over 580,000 asteroids in our solar system. Each asteroid is accompanied by its "Value of Materials", in terms of the metals, volatile compounds, or water it seem to contain. The "Cost of Operations" provides a financial estimation of how much it would cost to travel to the asteroid and move the materials back to Earth.

Accordingly, some country or company should seriously consider to check out and mine asteroid "162385 (2000 BM19)", which is worth some 36.18 trillion dollars.

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