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Interesting Facts about The Asteroid Belt
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 5:05 PM
The Asteroid Belt lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
The asteroids are also called minor planets and are irregularly shaped.
A fifth planet could have formed in this region, but Jupiter's massive gravitational pull stops this from happening.
The asteriods are composed primarilyy of rock and range in size from dust particles to about 590 miles across.
A few asteroids have moons of their own.
If all of the asteroids in the belt were lumped together, it would be smaller than Earth's moon.
This belt is not like the asteroid fields in movies; these asteroids are very far apart.
Ceres, the largest object in this region, now qualifies as a dwarf planet like Pluto.
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