Could the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter be the remnants of a planet?

Between Mars and Jupiter lies a disk of asteroids, which is purported to be remnants of a planet shred apart by the gravitational pull of Jupiter. Personally, I do not think that is the case.

 

Specifically, it is hard to conceive that a rocky planet between Mars and Jupiter could be shred apart by the gravitational forces of Jupiter. If that is the case, how could the planet accrete and nucleate in the first place in the stable orbit between Mars and Jupiter around the Sun?

 

Additionally, the observed main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter could be evidence of a failed planet formation where the largest dwarf planet in the belt, Ceres, could have been the planet. However, the inability of the various asteroids and small rocks to accrete to a larger rocky core meant that no single large planet formed between Mars and Jupiter.

 

Category: astronomy,

Tags: main asteroid belt, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, gravitational pull,

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