If you were to pass through our system's asteroid belt, what would you be able to see with the naked eye? We've all seen the Star Wars version, but that impresses me as more than a bit of dramatic hooey intended to provide excitement. In the real world, if you were to pass through our system's asteroid belt, what would you see with the naked eye? Pretty much nuthin? You wouldn't see planets would you, or Earth's moon, (as other than tiny specks of light) let alone any asteroids (barring statistically unlikely close passes)? Why IS there an "asteroid belt" in our system? Why isn't all that mass just another planet? What's kept that mass from congealing into another planet over the time it took Earth and the other planets to form? Was the asteroid belt at one time a planet? One that was somehow smashed in some cataclysmic collision? Is the asteroid belt just a planet that's taking a heck of a lot longer to form? I.e. will the asteroid belt form a planet at sometime in the distant future?