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Asteroids, also known as minor planets or planetoids, are significantly-sized debris that orbit the Sun. The Asteroid Belt can be found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, making up the majority of the population of asteroids in the inner Solar System. Groups of asteroids also swarm around the fourth and fifth Lagrangian points ( and ) of Jupiter and are known as the Greeks and the Trojans respectively. Jupiter's Lagrangian point asteriods are generally known as Trojan asteroids, and this term is often used to describe Mars' Lagrangian objects. The Hildas are another swarm of asteroids on the far-side of the Sun (opposing Jupiter). The Hildas are in orbital resonance with the large gas giant and can be found near Jupiter's point.