|MadSci Network: Astronomy|
I have read one of the answers give by your staff, or you, as to why you thought the asteroid belt could not be a former planet. MY theory has been similar to those presented before me. I have long wondered if the asteroid belt could have been abody revolving arround the planet Mars in an eliptical orbit that may have been drawn too close to maintain stability and was thus ripped apart. As the mass of the belt is too small to be a planet, how about a moon? Could this moon be torn apart by gravitational forces by getting too close and thus interacted with the Martian atmosphere thus also destroying that also?
Re: Was the astreoid belt formed from a object orbiting too close to Mars?
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