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The Asteroid Belt

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Asteroids are small, metallic or rocky in composition, and have no atmosphere. Most asteroids orbit the sun within a broad belt located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter: the asteroid belt. Millions of asteroids are under 0.6 mile (1 kilometer) in diameter, but there are many that are larger. The biggest, Ceres, is 590 miles (950 kilometers) in diameter.

The first asteroid was discovered in 1801. There are three main classifications. The very dark C-type (carbonaceous) asteroids account for 75 percent of those catalogued. The next largest group is the S-type (silicaceous, or stony) asteroids, making up 17 percent of the total. M-type (metallic) are bright and composed mostly of iron.

The asteroids are believed to be mostly material left over from the formation of the solar system. Jupiter’s gravitational influence prevented the material from forming a planet.

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Just a FYI in case you've ever wondered.
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I'm still trying to understand how the equilibrium exists between the vacuum of space and the non-vacuum of our planet.
 

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I'm still trying to understand how the equilibrium exists between the vacuum of space and the non-vacuum of our planet.
You have to believe in gravity for me to be able to explain it.

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