Kuiper belt

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Kuiper belt a disk-shaped region of minor planets outside the orbit of Neptune
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Usage


In news:

Scientists are interested in dust that the New Horizons is expected to encounter in the Kuiper Belt, where they believe icy objects contain samples of ancient material.
Quaoar, an icy minor planet in the Kuiper Belt with half the size of Pluto, shows a surprisingly young face hinting at volcanic activity.
Two years ago astronomers found Quaoar, the largest known member of a remote fringe of asteroids called the Kuiper belt.
The Webb telescope will be able to measure the surface chemistry of Pluto , its moons, and many other bodies that lie in the distant Kuiper Belt along with Pluto .
Demoted from its planetary status, Pluto is now relegated to the Kuiper Belt.
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In science:

Statistical methods for detecting stellar occultations by Kuiper Belt ob jects: The Taiwanese–American Occultation Survey.
Estimating the proportion of false null hypotheses among a large number of independently tested hypotheses
Moon, Mercury and Mars, and with the establishment of the Kuiper belt (and see §7.3).
Astrophysics in 2005
When, however, other Kuiper Belt objects were discovered during the 1990’s (in increasing numbers, including many “Plutinos” in the same resonant orbit and objects increasingly close in size to Pluto), the arguments against Ceres as a planet resurfaced against Pluto.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
The main advantage is that it correctly divides the Solar System into its dynamically important constituents. Dynamically, there is no argument whether Ceres and 2003 UB313naturally belong to the asteroid and Kuiper belt populations rather than to the collection of larger objects.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
Within the Solar System, the question of “what is a planet?” has recently resurfaced with the discovery of Kuiper Belt Objects (Jewitt & Luu 1993).
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
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