Asteroid Belt

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Introduction1

Legacy of NASA’s Dawn, Near the End of its Mission (NASA/JPL)
Dawn Mission (NASA/JPL)
Dawn Spacecraft (Wikipedia)

Encyclopedia

Asteroid belt is the circumstellar disc in the Solar System located roughly between the orbits of the planets Mars and Jupiter. It is occupied by numerous irregularly shaped bodies called asteroids or minor planets. The asteroid belt is also termed the main asteroid belt or main belt to distinguish it from other asteroid populations in the Solar System such as near-Earth asteroids and trojan asteroids. About half the mass of the belt is contained in the four largest asteroids: Ceres, Vesta, Pallas, and Hygiea. The total mass of the asteroid belt is approximately 4% that of the Moon, or 22% that of Pluto, and roughly twice that of Pluto’s moon Charon (whose diameter is 1200 km). — Wikipedia

Encyclopædia Britannica

Portal

Planets & Planetary Systems Internet Resources (Library of Congress)

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Innovation

Science

Planetary Science (NASA/JPL)

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Preservation

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Education

Planets and Dwarf Planets (Ask an Astronomer, Cornell University)
Asteroid Belt (Cosmos4Kids)

Community

Organization

International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Minor Planet Center (International Astronomical Union)
The Planetary Society

News

Phys.org,

Science News, NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

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Knowledge Realm

Physical

“Fundamentals”
Law (Constant) Relativity
Force Gravity, Electromagnetism (Light, Color)
Matter (Microscope) Molecule, Atom (Periodic Table), Particle

“Space”
Universe (Astronomical Instrument)
Galaxy Milky Way, Andromeda
Planetary System Star, Brown Dwarf, Planet, Moon

Our Neighborhood
Solar System Sun
Terrestrial Planet Mercury, Venus, Earth (Moon), Mars
Asteroid Belt Ceres, Vesta
Jovian Planet Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Trans-Neptunian Object
Kuiper Belt Pluto, Haumea, Makemake
Scattered Disc Eris, Sedna, Planet X
Oort Cloud Etc. Scholz’s Star
Small Body Comet, Centaur, Asteroid

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Notes

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