Astrophysics & Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 2329-6542

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Asteroid Belt Creation


Rehman W

In solar system, asteroid belt is the ring shaped disc located between Mars and Jupiter consisting of irregular small bodies called asteroids. Almost half of the mass of the belt lies in four asteroids which are Ceres, Vesta, Pallas and Hygiea. Along with asteroid bodies, bands of dust with particle radii of about few hundred micrometers are also a part of asteroid belt. Total mass of asteroid belt is only 4% of the mass of Earth’s moon. The author has studied the causes of asteroid belt in the solar system and has found out that how the gravitational interaction between the two planets is involved in the formation of asteroid belt and how the gravitationally bound system becomes stable enough to avoid any disturbance in the distances of its astronomical bodies.


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