asteroid belt


Definition of asteroid belt

: the region of interplanetary space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in which most asteroids are found

Examples of asteroid belt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, the Voyagers would have to travel through the asteroid belt along the way. Tim Folger, Scientific American, 18 June 2022 Objects in the asteroid belt and meteors don’t match it either—and nor does interstellar dust in our arm of the Milky Way galaxy. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 28 May 2022 Robertlawrence 92892, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, was officially dedicated to Lawrence. Tatyana Turner, Chicago Tribune, 29 May 2022 Ceres is a dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, according to NASA. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 The Psyche mission will explore a metal-rich asteroid of the same name that lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2022 The image in the social media post was taken in 2018 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which traveled to both Ceres and Vesta – another object in the asteroid belt. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 The space agency first tested electric propulsion technology in its Deep Space 1 mission, which launched in 1998, and later in the Dawn mission in 2007 that visited Vesta and Ceres in the asteroid belt. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2022 Lavas of water and methane ice occur in the asteroid belt and on the moons of the outer planets. Robert M. Thorson, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of asteroid belt

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Asteroid belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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