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Kuiper Belt

Image: European Southern Observatory, Artist Impression (Some rights reserved)

Wikipedia: The Kuiper belt is a circumstellar disc in the outer Solar System, extending from the orbit of Neptune (at 30 AU) to approximately 50 AU from the Sun. It is similar to the asteroid belt, but is far larger—20 times as wide and 20 to 200 times as massive. Like the asteroid belt, it consists mainly of small bodies or remnants from when the Solar System formed.

Elsewhere on the Web

Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud Lithograph – 2013

Dust Models Paint Alien’s View of Solar System

University of California at Los Angeles’ Kuiper Belt Page

New Horizons Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

Hubble Space Telescope



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