The team of NASA-funded researchers modeled the evolution of giant impact debris and analyzed ancient impact heating signatures in stony meteorites to conclude that pieces from the giant impact indeed did strike the asteroid belt
Other asteroids on the asteroid belt
, contrastingly, do not have this property likely because Jupiter's gravitational pull and tidal effects prevent the formation of dense celestial bodies.
One candidate planet near the innermost asteroid belt
has been detected from the "wobble" effect of its gravity on the star.
NASA will launch the Dawn spacecraft on Thursday on a mission to explore an asteroid belt
between Mars and Jupiter in a search for clues to the birth of the solar system.
New evidence suggests that ours is not the only solar system with this type of asteroid belt
Life on the mineral-rich asteroid belt
is hard, and nobody knows it better than the rock rats.
The first is the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, which is currently flying into the asteroid belt
between Earth and Mars.
Consider: The asteroid belt
contains an estimated 825 quintillion (a billion times a billion) tons of iron - enough to build shells around planets, gigantic cities in space, and starships carrying entire civilizations.
During a circuitous ten-year trek across the Solar System, Rosetta will cross the asteroid belt
and travel into deep space, more than five times Earth's distance from the Sun.
With just one temporary tagalong in hand, though, researchers have relied on computer simulations to learn about these visitors from the asteroid belt
between Mars and Jupiter.
Ceres is the second and final stop for Dawn, which launched in 2007 on a voyage to the main asteroid belt
, a zone between Mars and Jupiter that's littered with rocky leftovers from the formation of the sun and planets some 41/2 billion years ago.
Ceres is the most massive body in the asteroid belt
, with an average diameter of 590 miles (950 kilometers).