asteroid belt

noun

: 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 The robotic probe launched on October 13 aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, with the primary goal of flying to the asteroid Psyche, a metal-rich world in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 30 Dec. 2023 Webb telescope detects mysterious water vapor in a nearby star system The main asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter, is where leftovers from the formation of our solar system orbit the sun. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 May 2023 An Asteroid’s Moon Doubles Down NASA’s Lucy spacecraft is currently in the main asteroid belt, cruising by its way to Jupiter—or, more accurately, to Jupiter’s orbit. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 29 Dec. 2023 The main asteroid belt is in close alignment with the ecliptic plane, or the same plane that includes Earth’s orbit around the sun. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 6 Feb. 2023 The video was sent by NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications flight laser transceiver, which hitched a ride to deep space on Psyche, a spacecraft on a mission to the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Justine McDaniel, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 As Psyche continues toward the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, high-data-rate signals will continue to be sent back toward Earth. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 18 Dec. 2023 In 2024, Lucy will return towards Earth for a second gravity push that will give it the energy needed to cross the solar system’s main asteroid belt. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 2 Nov. 2023 But this year, scientists identified a good candidate in the inner asteroid belt for an early flyby. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of asteroid belt was in 1867

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“Asteroid belt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asteroid%20belt. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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asteroid belt

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

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