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The Asteroid Belt (also known as the Main Belt) is a large region of asteroids (small rocky or metallic bodies) that lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

It formed out of the proton planetary disk which orbited the Sun during the early years of the Solar System. However, due to the strong gravity of Jupiter, it could never coalesce to form a true planet.

There are many other asteroids that orbit beyond Neptune in the Kuiper Belt, and there are a few thousand that come closer to the Sun than Earth.
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Where is the asteroid belt?

The main Asteroid Belt in the solar system is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It contains many millions of rocky objects and dust particles, and the dwarf plan

What is the largest asteroid in the Asteroid Belt?

The largest body in the asteroid belt is Ceres, with a diameter of about 950 km. Although it has long been considered to be an asteroid, Ceres was classified as a "dwarf plane

What are the two largest asteroids in the asteroid belt?

Ceres and Vesta. Ceres is a Dwarf planet (as it is just about massive enough to form an approximate spherical shape). It is around 975km in diameter. Vesta is an asteroid that

What effect does Jupiter have on asteroids in the asteroid belt?

Jupiter's gravity works against the sun's gravity to keep the asteroid belt in place. The sun pull one way and Jupiter pull the other way, and because Jupiter is closer the gr

Why is the asteroid belt there?

Most of the asteroids are pieces of rock left over from the formation of the Solar System and they stay between Mars and Jupiter in the asteroid belt.

Are all the asteroids in the asteroid belt?

No. Asteroids are scattered throughout the solar system in various orbits, some of which are relatively stable. Some have orbits that pass near Earth. But the vast preponderan
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How many asteroids are in the asteroid belt?

it is unknown for now, but scientists do know that there are hundreds, or possibly thousands.., or even millions! they come in so many sizes, and it is difficult to count them

Why are there so many asteroids in the asteroid Belt?

There are so many asteroids in the Asteroid belt because they have evolved through time and most of them have come from different explosions in our solar system and maybe a fe

What is the asteroid belt evidence of?

Some people (including me) are led to believe that when the planets were being made, there were hundreds. These planets smashed into each other to basically start a planet war