Category Archives: Asteroid belt

A 22 million year journey of the asteroid belt in Botswana

It was a surreal place to go meteorite hunting. Bat-eared foxes and warthogs walked past, lions stealthily stalked and slaughtered giraffes while leopards lounged in the trees. Guardians from Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks protected the search team in case a fanged predator got too close for comfort. The meteorites also looked a […]

Western Slope Skies – A wandering soul in the asteroid belt

You’ve probably heard of the Asteroid Belt, that planetary cemetery between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, where many space rocks revolve around the Sun. Asteroids formed early in the development of the solar system, when pre-planetary (planetesimals) bodies repeatedly collided under Jupiter’s immense gravity, continually fragmenting into what we see today. You may know […]

In search of the classic Hollywood-style asteroid belt

If you’re like me, you may have enhanced your friends’ enjoyment of space adventure movies by explaining at length and in fascinating detail why the crowded asteroid belt backgrounds that appear in so many of these movies are implausible and inaccurate! The asteroids in our solar system are far from overcrowded. Are there any situations […]

Is the asteroid belt what remains of an obliterated planet?

“In this context, we sometimes call the asteroid belt the blood spatter of the solar system.” Come or go? The story of the unknown origin of the asteroid belt, a gigantic minefield of space rocks orbiting the Sun beyond Mars, has long fascinated and intrigued scientists. Two leading theories – that asteroids are either the […]

The asteroid belt: wreckage of a destroyed planet or something else?

As a result, thought began to evolve towards the idea that the asteroid belt was full of planetesimals, or pieces of a planet that had not formed or formed. But the problem with this theory is that there just isn’t enough material in the belt to create such mass. Ceres is the belt’s largest asteroid, […]

Study: Dino-killer is not from the asteroid belt

A Tyrannosaurus rex (T-Rex) skeleton, named STAN, is on display during a press preview at Christie’s Rockefeller Center on September 15 in New York City. 66 million years ago, a huge celestial object struck off the coast of present-day Mexico, triggering a catastrophic cooling period that ultimately wiped out three-quarters of life on Earth, including […]

Humans could live on a floating asteroid belt in space, astrophysicist says

The humans colonizing the asteroid belt may look like science fiction – The Expanse, to be exact – but Pekka Janhunen, an astrophysicist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, wants to make it a reality. He recently published an article theorizing on the feasibility of a “mega-satellite” settlement, connecting tens of millions of square kilometers of […]

The asteroid belt: wreckage of a destroyed planet or something else?

Just outside of Mars’ orbit is our Sun’s first collection of space rocks. The asteroid belt has captured the imaginations of science fiction writers and scientists alike who have considered the possibilities of extracting ore, water and other materials from the region to spur further exploration. spatial. But how did this field of debris in […]

Humans could move to this floating colony in the asteroid belt over the next 15 years, astrophysicist says

Now more than ever, space agencies and star-eyed billionaires are determined to find a new home for humanity beyond Earth’s orbit. March is an obvious candidate, given its relatively close proximity, 24-hour day / night cycle, and CO2– rich atmosphere. However, there is a space school of thought that suggests colonizing the surface of another […]

Asteroid belt ‘mega-satellite’ could harbor humans around the dwarf planet Ceres – study | Sciences | New

Ceres, which is 590 miles (950 km) in diameter, is the largest object in the asteroid belt – a ring of space rocks located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. A team of scientists has now proposed to build a “mega-satellite” orbiting Ceres that could house humans. The researchers, from the Finnish Meteorological Institute, […]