Kuiper Belt

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Kuiper Belt

-The Kuiper Belt is a region of space. The known icy comets in the region are much smaller than Earth's moon.-The Kuiper Belt is a doughnut-shaped ring, extending just beyond the orbit of Neptune from about 30 to 55 AU.-There may be hundreds of thoudands of icy bodiesl larger than 100 km and an estimated trillion or more in the Kuiper Belt-Some dwarf planets within the Kuiper Belt have thin atmospheres that collapse when their orbit carries them farthest from the Sun-Several dwarf planets in theKuiper Belt have tiny moons-The first mission to the Kuiper Belt is New Horizons-Not capable of supporting life as we know it-The Kuiper Belt is named for the astronomer who predicted its existence, Gerard Kuiper

1) Consists of remnants from the Solar System's formation2) It is 20 times as wide and 20 to 200 times as massive as the astroid belt3) Most Kuiper Belt objects are composed largley of frozen volatiles

New Horizons

Kuiper BeltBy: Thomas LeMaster


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