Kuiper belt


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Kuiper belt:

see cometcomet
[Gr.,=longhaired], a small celestial body consisting mostly of dust and gases that moves in an elongated elliptical or nearly parabolic orbit around the sun or another star. Comets visible from the earth can be seen for periods ranging from a few days to several months.
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, 1905–73, American astronomer, b. the Netherlands. Kuiper is considered to be the father of modern planetary science for his wide ranging studies of the solar system.
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Kuiper belt

A disk of some 107 to 109 comets that hugs the plane of the planetary system and lies between about 35 and 1000 AU from the Sun. Chiron may have come from this disk.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006

Kuiper Belt

[′kī·pər ‚belt]
(astronomy)
A vast reservoir of icy bodies in the region of the solar system beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune, with diameters estimated in the 100-1200-kilometer (60-750-mile) range. Also known as Edgeworth-Kuiper belt.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"A major part of the mission of New Horizons is to better understand the Kuiper Belt," said Singer, whose research background studying the geology of the icy moons of Saturn and Jupiter positions her to understand the surface processes seen on KBOs.
They will also continue studying the Kuiper Belt for more discoveries.
By then, the spacecraft will be even deeper into the Kuiper Belt, heading for a possible follow-on visit to one of Pluto's cousin.
The space telescope will scan an area of sky in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius to try and identify any objects orbiting within the Kuiper Belt.
Pluto orbits in a region of rocky and icy bodies known as the Kuiper Belt and although it is spherical it has not cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit.
That makes it "a milestone in Kuiper belt science and in our understanding of the outer solar system's development," says Alessandro Morbidelli of the Observatory of the Cote d'Azur in Nice, France.
'Based on our images, some of us are leaning towards the view that Phoebe is probably ice-rich and may be an object originating in the outer Solar System, more related to comets and Kuiper Belt objects than to asteroids.'
It is four billion miles from Earth in an area beyond Pluto known as the Kuiper belt.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Only hours from completing a historic flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on course and ready to gather scientific data on the small object's geology, composition, atmosphere and more.
Sometimes called the "attic" of the solar system by scientists, Ultima Thule is located in the vast cosmic disc Kuiper Belt that was left over from the formation of the first planets.
2 Belt seeking quick compensation The Gordon Elliott-trained four-year-old Kuiper Belt, who was out of luck at the Listowel festival last month and again at IHRB headquarters yesterday, faces five rivals in the 2m4f novice handicap hurdle (3.10) at Clonmel, writes Tony O'Hehir.