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asteroid belt

noun, Astronomy
the region of space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in which most asteroids are located. Unabridged
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  • Most celestial bodies, including all the asteroids in the asteroid belt and our own moon, do not have atmospheres.
  • The asteroid belt is littered with debris from crashes between giant rocks but a collision has never before been seen to happen.
  • Main-belt comets reside in the asteroid belt but feature cometlike tails thought to arise from sublimating ice.
  • We have a large solar system to inhabit and an asteroid belt to mine.
  • Known model, instead of the asteroid belt was a planet that blown up by its inhabitants.
  • Our own asteroid belt is always shown in movies as a flying swarm of zillions of rocks.
  • Or even that the asteroid belt was still a small planet back then, also with life, including intelligent life.
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asteroid belt definition

A region of the solar system between the orbits of the planets Mars and Jupiter. Most asteroids are found in the asteroid belt.

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