What caused the Asteroid Belt?
Johann Titius, an 18th-century German astronomer, noted a mathematical pattern in the layout of the planets and used it to predict the existence of an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter
The discovery of the first body in this region came from a nonmember, Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi and he named it Ceres.
While discovering more about them around the beginning of the 19th century more than 100 such bodies had been found. Scientists quickly realized that these were too small to be considered planets, and they began to call them asteroids
Since the dawn of the solar system, bits and pieces of rock left overs are found scattered in orbits around the sun AIN ASTEROID BELT Most of these objects, called planetoids or asteroids
In the life of the solar system, dust and rock circling the sun were pulled together by gravity into planets. But not all of the ingredients created new worlds. A region between Mars and Jupiter became the asteroid belt.
People have always wondered whether the belt was made up of the remains of a destroyed planet. However, NASA says that, the total mass of the belt is less tharn the moon, so it's too small to weigh in as a planet