11 Facts About Asteroid belt


Individual asteroids within the asteroid belt are categorized by their spectra, with most falling into three basic groups: carbonaceous, silicate, and metal-rich .

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In 2018, a study from researchers at the University of Florida concluded the asteroid belt was created from the remnants of several ancient planets instead of a single planet.

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Planetesimals within the region that would become the asteroid belt were too strongly perturbed by Jupiter's gravity to form a planet.

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Orbital resonances occurred where the orbital period of an object in the Asteroid belt formed an integer fraction of the orbital period of Jupiter, perturbing the object into a different orbit; the region lying between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter contains many such orbital resonances.

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Current asteroid belt is believed to contain only a small fraction of the mass of the primordial belt.

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Since their formation, the size distribution of the asteroid belt has remained relatively stable; no significant increase or decrease in the typical dimensions of the main-belt asteroids has occurred.

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One mystery of the asteroid belt is the relative rarity of V-type or basaltic asteroids.

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Sometimes, the term "main Asteroid belt" is used to refer only to the more compact "core" region where the greatest concentration of bodies is found.

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High population of the asteroid belt makes for a very active environment, where collisions between asteroids occur frequently .

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Some most prominent families in the asteroid belt are the Flora, Eunoma, Koronis, Eos, and Themis families.

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At the time there was some concern that the debris in the Asteroid belt would pose a hazard to the spacecraft, but it has since been safely traversed by 12 spacecraft without incident.

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