artificial asteroid

artificial asteroid

[¦ärd·ə¦fish·əl ′as·tə‚rȯid]
(aerospace engineering)
An object made by humans and placed in orbit about the sun.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Only one building stands on the flat surface of this artificial asteroid. The new owner of the Galactic Cafe, a person known as "Dolly," had renovated that structure to resemble the cafe in Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthawks." Hopper's painting only showed part of the cafe, so Dolly had completed her design by scavenging her ideas from other sources, including an old Standard Oil Calendar she'd purchased at the Smithsonian Institute liquidation sale.
For a long time, Pang stood in the Cafe's shadows on that decaying artificial asteroid, peering in the plate glass door at the yellow-lit chrome, red leatherette, and white plastic interior of the Galactic Cafe.
With royalties from a water claim, she bought a bankrupt cafe and refueling station on a tiny artificial asteroid orbiting in the mining belt between Mars and Jupiter.