asteroid belt

What is the Asteroid Belt?

In the 18th century, observations made of all the known planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) led astronomers…

6 years ago

The Dwarf Planet Ceres

Located in the Solar System's Main Asteroid Belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, is the dwarf planet Ceres,…

6 years ago

Mysterious Bright Spots and Pyramidal Mountain Star in Dawn’s Daunting Flyover of Ceres: Video

https://youtu.be/Inc9BtRip04 Video caption: Take a tour of weird Ceres! Visit a 2-mile-deep crater and a 4-mile-tall mountain in the video…

6 years ago

Dawn Does Dramatic Fly Over of Ceres, Enters Lower Mapping Orbit: Video

https://youtu.be/uSaLVAl-ObY Video caption: This new video animation of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft at altitudes…

7 years ago

What Is The Difference Between Asteroids and Meteorites?

Asteroids, meteors, and meteorites ... It might be fair to say these rocks from space inspire both wonder and fear…

7 years ago

How Dense is the Asteroid Belt?

We've seen way too many science fiction episodes that show asteroid belts as dense fields of tumbling boulders. How dense…

7 years ago

Amazingly Detailed New Maps of Asteroid Vesta

Vesta is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System. Comprising 9% of the mass in the Asteroid Belt,…

7 years ago

Why Isn’t the Asteroid Belt a Planet?

It seems like there's a strange gap in between Mars and Jupiter filled with rocky rubble. Why didn't the asteroid…

8 years ago

Why the Asteroid Belt Doesn’t Threaten Spacecraft

When you think of the asteroid belt, you probably imagine a region of rock and dust, with asteroids as far…

8 years ago

Earth’s Water Story Gets A Plot Twist From Space Rock Search

We at Universe Today have snow on our minds these days with all this Polar Vortex talk. From out the…

8 years ago