Carbonaceous asteroids are typically very dark in color, darker than coal in fact. This is because they are extremely rich in carbon compounds and other dark materials, common in the outer middle regions of solar systems.
Among the most common types of asteroids, these are also the bodies which tend to pose the greatest risk to planets. However, they do have their uses as habitat construction material, and represent a rich source of income for asteroid miners dealing with space development firms.
Without image enhancement or long exposure imaging, most Carbonaceous asteroids are essentially invisible in the darkness of space.
Historical Classification: Before the advent of the PCL, these bodies were called C-type asteroids.
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