Ashtray (asteroid) belt? I wonder if they have a Cigarette Butts Belt, too. I assume spellcheck didn't understand asteroid belt, or the writer misspelled asteroid, and spellcheck changed it to ashtray.
And a car-sized piece of rock and metal doesn't sound so small to me, although I realize that, in the scheme of things, it is.
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