Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Can Mars Effect the Asteroid Belt?

  1. Apr 10, 2007 #1
    I was looking at this picture of the asteroid belt on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:InnerSolarSystem-en.png

    And assuming that the picture is somewhat accurate in the placing of distance between objects in the solar system, I couldn’t help but wonder if it’s possible that the gravitational pull of Mars may potentially draw in wayward asteroids towards Earth and the other terrestrial planets. Is this accepted as a possible scenario in astrophysics?
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 10, 2007 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Yes, if the asteroids are perturbed from the main belt to be close enough to Mars.

    The Hungaria Family of asteroids may be close enough to Mars for this to be a regular feature of evaporation from the family.

Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook